I sometimes forget what little weirdos my kids are. Once they outgrow some creepy habit, I tend to forget about it. It slips to the dark recesses of my mind until the next kid does the same nutty thing and reminds me that the last one was just as odd.
Now a veteran potty-goer, Buster has become comfortable enough with the routine to want to customize the experience to his own bizarre preferences. One day, at his request, I took him into the bathroom to have a sit-down meeting with the potty. After he pulled down his pants, I lifted him onto his child potty seat.
I was about to leave him alone for a minute when he called me back. He extended his legs and asked me to take his pants completely off him. Taking them off meant eventually putting them back on, which was more work than I wanted, but okay. His potty seat has a pee guard sticking up between his legs, and maybe he needed to spread out to avoid scraping his thighs on it. Fair enough.
I pulled off his pants.
He pointed to his underpants. Those too.
Whatever. If the underwear are holding back progress, we can take those too. I tossed his underwear on top of his empty pants and turned to leave.
Wait. He wanted his shirt off too.
Really? His shirt was hindering the process? Oh well, it was a long shirt; maybe he was worried about it hanging down in the way. All right. He lifted his hands and I pulled the shirt over his head. Done.
Come on now! That little muscle shirt couldn’t get in the way if it wanted to.
Yes. Undershirt too.
Well, at least that would be a snap to put back on.
I pulled of his undershirt.
Now there was nothing that could possibly be in the way of him performing his business. I could leave.
Oh, what the hell? Might as well. Wouldn’t want to impose any unnecessary constraints on his ability to poop.
I slipped his socks off and put them on top of the pile of his clothes.
Anything else, I asked the now completely naked boy. You want a quick hair cut to keep that out of the way?
Get out and close the door. Hurry up.
My apologies for lingering so long. I don’t know what got into me.
As I made my final escape I found leisure to let some buried memories assail me. This scene was familiar. Just four short years ago, when Big Brother was three, we went through the same routine. I’d forgotten all about it. Well, at least the weirdos are consistent.
I shouldn’t worry about Buster getting completely naked to poop for the rest of his life. Big Brother outgrew that phase soon enough. Then again, that was just before he started singing Christmas Carols in public rest rooms.
The Weird may change, but the Weirdo remains.