The other night as we were watching Frozen, Mark asked Leighton, "Do you think she's pretty?" about Elsa. He replied, "yeah." I asked him, "Is she as pretty as mommy?"
This is where an "advanced" man's brain... okay wait... maybe advanced isn't the right word... and "older" man's brain... would have had red flashing alarms going off. However, poor, innocent little Leighton has not yet been burned by traps like this, and he responded, "Yeah."
Mark said, "Oh Leighton, I should have warned you about that. You walked right into that one." Obviously, he will need to be taught that when mommy (or any other woman) sets a mind trap like that the answer is always "No, you're the prettiest." Clearly he will need to learn this lesson later or the hard way, as most other men have.
The exchange left me wondering what other "lessons" will he need to be taught by daddy over root beer floats on the back deck? What words of "man wisdom" (wisdom - ha!) will Mark enlighten our sons with? What will be said in those moments when mommy isn't around and topics wander toward the opposite sex? (Clearly, he will need to teach them about appropriate flora purchases... see my last post).
Won't it be interesting to see how daddy's advice about women actually affects their choices and decisions later on. Will they use lines like, "My dad always said..." and "My dad warned me not to..."? I mean, how will Mark advise the boys to respond when a woman is modeling an outfit and says, "Does this make me look fat?" when his response is always the harsh truth (he has told me that outfits make me look pregnant when I'm wasn't pregnant or even post pregnant...). Will it be a do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do scenario?
Hopefully my boys will grow up to be wiser than the average man when it comes to women. But if daddy doesn't teach them the "ways", then mommy will have to intervene... or they'll just have to learn the hard way, I guess.
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