Friday, May 30, 2008

Man of the House

We've known for a while now that this week would be the foray into middle schooldom that we were dreading. They sent home a flier telling us about it back in March.

Monday started off okay. The entire 5th grade paired up with a 7th grade buddy for 2 hours. They attended class with their buddy and ate lunch with them. McRae came home wearing a t-shirt displaying his new-found allegiance with next year's school mascot, the bulldog, and a passion for the middle school cafeteria.

What, did you think I was going to say a passion for applied physics? Yeah, that's not until the 2nd semester of 6th grade.

When I asked him what the best thing about middle school was, he said, "Curly Fries!"

It's nice to know he's got his priorities straight.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the health unit covering "you know what."

I asked my son how it went, as casually as possible, and he saw right through my fake interest in his health studies.

"We learned about puberty today Mom."

"Anything new?"

"Nope. Other than I need to be washing my face at night, so I don't get zits!"

Now there's a word I haven't heard in a long time. Zits. People my age call them pimples, or acne, or what-the-heck-is-this-outbreak-on-my-chin-I'm-not-a-teenager!

I'm so glad the school district saw fit to cover this most important fact about adolescence with my son, since obviously I was failing him as a parent and dooming him to an acne-riddled youth and years of being called crater face.

Today was the second day of the health discussion and also the day that my son became a man.

Wait just a second. That wasn't in the parent materials we paid very close attention to (glanced at) and agreed to have taught to our first-born child by the oh so knowledgeable school staff. But indeed, that is apparently what was covered because today McRae came home from school and declared, "I'm a man now."

So I asked him to help me take out the garbage cans.

You know what?

He emptied all the trash, took both cans out to the curb and then collected the recycling and wheeled the giant green monster out as well. I didn't have to lift a finger.

If this is manhood, I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

*Edited to add: The whole "man" declaration came after he was given a sample of Old Spice deodorant. Apparently the Speed Stick he's been using for the past year didn't make him a man.


LindaJ said...

sent some of that man-ness over here...i had to take the cans out myself.
Curly fries, Dang! our old school is stepping it up these days.

LindaJ said...

SEND!!! some of that man-ness....My typing sucks these days, so does my proof reading...sorry I'm a dork.

Becky said...

omg first of all i can't believe i've been reading your blog for so long that it shocks me that you're about to have a middle schooler!!! and awesome is he for helping out like that?

Aleka's World said...

Wow, I can take some lessons from him... I'm SO bad... I don't wash my face at night! I know, I know...

Kyla said...

Am I the only one wondering what exactly brought about this manhood revelation? Perhaps I don't want to know. LOL.

Valarie said...

Your whole school existance is based on the food. If the cafeteria isn't good then your life will be miserable. :)

alice c said...

My son has got to the stage where he protects me from information that might be inappropriate for my age. Today he was reading out the plot of a play he is studying and he said 'I think I will skip the next line because I don't think you need to know that.'

He doesn't do the bin though.

painted maypole said...

but WHY did he declare he was a man? that would have been my question!