Friday, April 11, 2008

Boys Will Be Boys

Okay, so you're five or six years old and the school day has just ended and the sun is shining and there isn't much wind to speak of and you become aware of this shed and it's just sitting there all shed-ish like and there's snow on top, just right for throwing at passersby, and it's not really a big shed. In fact, it's not really very big at all and it looks almost easy to climb like your own personal Everest and you'd be like the biggest guy up there with all that snow to throw and, besides, what could be more fun than that...

...if you were five or six?


I did try to encourage these little guys away from their scheme, but they weren't inclined to pay much attention to my warnings. They've been playing on buildings such as this for most of their young lives, no reason to adjust their course now! The roof of the shed really wasn't all that high, but it didn't seem very stable to me, so between photos I continued to point out the risks involved which may have only served to heighten the thrill and increase their motivation to persevere. I wasn't particularly surprised. After all, boys will be boys.

It's not so easy to climb a shed without a ladder, especially while your friend is kicking snow on your head!

Almost there...well, maybe not.

Oh, a ladder, where did that come from?

Aarigaa! (Wow!) We made it! We're the biggest guys ever! Who can we hit with some snow?

Hey, is my buddy crying? Oh, he's just making an icky face because there's a girl coming from across the road. Ew, girl cooties! Who wants girl cooties? What can we do?

Whew! That was close! This is our shed! We're the biggest guys! We don't have to share with no stink'n girl!
Wait...does she have candy?


Steve said...

That's funny! An ETV documentary about the thinking and energies of boys would probably script something like what you've written here. What you needed next was a whole group of girls to show up, surround the shed, and just stare at the boys.

Kimberlee said...

LOL! What's ETV? I'm glad you enjoyed my little encounter, Steve. There are plenty more where that came from!

I think I'd be hard pressed to find girls willing to stand around and stare. In fact, the girl that the boys were trying to keep off the shed is just about the biggest dare devil of the bunch...which is probably why they were so quick to grab the ladder!

Bryan said...

Educational Television, otherwise known as PBS, Public Broadcasting Service. Steve, I think we have found our screenwriter! That might be a project one weekend, we can take our video camera, and let Kimberlee script the narration to the footage! :) Kimberlee, I agree that you seem to have a keen insight into the hearts and mind of boys. Your postings about their daring and deeds are probably among my favorites. And I think it speaks so deep into the heart of boys, that that same scene would be carried out down here in the foothills of SC.

Kimberlee said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments, Bryan. There is no doubt that boys are boys wherever you go and I, for one, am really glad about that. As I've mentioned before, I have a lot of admiration for boys and their uncanny knack for creating adventure out of practically nothing. :)

Victor said...

Somehow I see a common thread between the boys on top of the shed prepared to throw snow on unsuspecting passers by and some of the stories Steve has on his blog about throwing things. Of course I wonder whether they were quiet enough for anyone nearby to actually be unsuspecting.

Kimberlee said...

LOL! Yes, Victor, I definitely think there is a common thread between these boys and Steve's throwing things stories. I really love those stories! They illustrate so perfectly some of those difficult-to-define, yet impossible-to-ignore, qualities of boyhood that I find both fascinating and charming. I think we've just made Bryan's point...boys are boys wherever they happen to live. Geography is just a detail.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!