Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Boys and Girls

The girls (clockwise from front left): Jordan, older sister to Allison, Kate and Cassidy; and sisters Haley and Hannah

I raised 5 sons. I learned a lot about boys during those years.

This week, I've had 5 teen and pre-teen granddaughters at my house. What I've learned:

1. The bathroom is never empty (we only have one, so competition is fierce)
2. Don't let anyone tell you girls don't eat much.
3. Toilet paper doesn't last long.
4. Insane giggles erupt at any time, over anything.
5. Girls joke about passing gas as much as boys do.
6. The bathroom is never empty. The toilet paper is always empty.
7. We will stop at every rest area and fast food place en route to wherever we go because someone has to go to the bathroom.
8. They will need hair ties, my shoes, bug spray, and food at regular and frequent intervals (but some are out of luck on shoes because their feet are bigger than mine!).
9. Bottled water disappears faster than water on Venus.
10. They will play 20 Questions for hours and never tire of it. Who cares if they don't know the moon is not a planet or that a certain movie star isn't blonde? It isn't about accuracy, ya know!
11. They will be fascinated by the romance in local history, and want to hear scary stories over and over.
12. Any little thing can make them squeal. Sometimes nothing at all makes them squeal.
13. They can stay up as late as I do, and will sleep several hours later in the morning (except Hannah, who is literally always up with the chickens).
14. They will sleep on air mattresses anywhere, as long as they are close together (except Kate, who prefers privacy).
15. They will believe anything Poppa Larry tells them but are beginning to get wise to his tall tales. (for years they believed he was six feet tall, but his legs got blown off in Vietnam and the doctors sewed his feet to his knees!)
16. They scatter as much stuff as boys do, but their stuff is smaller, and usually pink or purple (unless it's Haley's--then it's camo).
17. They love to gather eggs.
18. They hate the smell of the pigpen.
19. They know chants, rhymes, songs and can sing all the Free Credit Report.com TV commercials.
20. Did I mention the bathroom is never empty?

I could go on, but you get the picture. I am constantly amazed and silenced in the face of so much female force.

What fun!

8 comments:

Tracey said...

Cute and so true :)
Bet you had a great time with all those girl grandbabies!

Anonymous said...

6 girls and you are still missing Gracie and Shaken-bug. Wow, guess I never counted. On the guys side, you have 3.

C'mon Tommy. You are our only hope...

Aaron
Daddy
Uncle Chick

Anonymous said...

WOW! What fun! Reminds me of when we were growing up and the house was full of girls. The boys never had a chance! But come on...they sewed his feet to his knees!!! I laughed and laughed!
tm

Granny Sue said...

Yes, Larry also had some of them believing that he was a lot taller but got stoved up when he fell from a scaffold while bricklaying. He's incorrigible!

It does remind me of all of us girls in one bedroom. My goodness, how history can repeat.

Aaron, Tommy has a lot of work to do to catch up pn the guy side--like, um, 5? I count Logan too so it's not quite so bad--8 to 4.

Amy Shinn said...

All true...add glitter in the car and a love of movies like "Little Women" and "Gone with the Wind."

Granny Sue said...

Aha! I didn't think of the glitter. And you're right about the movies--the more romantic the better.

They love to sing too. I can't remember the boys singing much, but the girls are likely to sing anytime, anyplace.

deborah wilson said...

Cute girls! Hey, I'm a fan of the freecreditreport.com commercials too.

f-r-e-e, that spells free
credit report.com, ba-by.

Granny Sue said...

I have to admit, I don't even have a TV and I like them. They're so painfully clever and close to the bone for many of us--especially if you've ever had someone steal your ID!

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