Saturday, May 08, 2010

Father Son -vs- Mother Son Camp-out

I heard someone once say that as soon as the baby is born, the husband becomes mentally retarded in the mother's eyes. Meaning that the mothers are worried that the husband will do something stupid and endanger their children. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a complete bubble-wrap-the-world-for-my-child kind of mother. Right now my three oldest boys are at the Father / Son camp-out with their father. They are doing some kind of service project that involves cleaning up some kind of woodsy/ brushy area. I just got off the phone and my husband told me that as we speak, Ross, my 10 year old is walking around swinging an ax. Mark, my eight year old is using a pair of pruning shears (the kind that you can cut off your finger in one second), and Justice, my four year old is out there with a hack saw.

This begs the comedic question: How different would a mother /son camp-out be than a father / son camp-out? I can't imagine the mother / son camp-out where a four year old is handed a hack saw and everyone there is okay with that. There would probably be crafts. Can you see a father-son camp-out where they sit around and glue pretty wild flowers onto some pretty scrap-booking paper? There would be considerably less peeing in the woods, I'm sure. I can hear the mothers fretting about the kids around the camp fire. "Oh, not too close!" "No running with the pokey roasting forks!" Ha ha! I'm not saying that the mother's way would be better, nor that the father's way is right. It's probably somewhere in the middle. I just think the contrast would be funny.

Well as long as my children all make it back with all their digits in tact, I'll be happy. It's good for them to be around men and learn how to do manly things. Boys need that. I do trust my husband, but sometimes I can't bare to watch.

8 comments:

JG said...

You are a brave woman. Weapons should not be included in a father/son campout. The fathers become younger than the sons in this instance.

Terra said...

too funny, but your absolutely right!! Maybe thats why there aren't any mother/son campouts!

timpani76 said...

Eeek, pruning shears are scary for me too! I think there would definitely be less peeing in the woods ;)

Emily S said...

I made my husband pause his game to laugh about this with me.

Bruce said...

i am proud to report that they all came back fully in tact. dirty but in tact. there was a near miss though. mark was out in the woods doing the project. we had been out there a while. so he stopped to go pee. when he finished he went on about his business. about 10 seconds later 2 young(about 17-20 year old) girls came walking down the trail. mark look over at me shocked. "i didnt think girls could come on the father son camp out." he forgot we were at a public park and while now one outside our group could camp, they were perfectly welcome to come the next day.

Renae said...

Bruce, you had me really worried for a second. Mark was the one with the pruning shears. Don't tell me he had a near miss while peeing!!

JG said...

If it were a mother/son camp out I'd be the one peeing in the woods. Ask my girls. I'd rather do that than go to some gross outhouses. And my girls learned to pee in the woods with the best of 'em. Glad no finger came off with the lopping shears.

Dana Cheryl said...

JG & I are a lot alike. I'm a hardcore camper. I prefer to camp in places without restroom facilities. I grew up in an organization called Pathfinders which is very, very similar to Boy Scouts only it's fully Christian based and coed. At the age of 10 I went to Colorado with my group but without either of my parents. I can build fires, tie knots, and I love it!

One thing that I don't understand though... Why does the church have campouts during Mother's Day weekend? I really don't like that. Also I think early morning meetings should be cancelled on Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and other big holidays. Some of my favorite memories are big family breakfasts on those days. I think I'm going to write a letter to church headquarters. :)