Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Kind of Weekend

The boys in our family returned from their testosterone-fueled weekend in Maine last night. Five year old Ethan walked in the door, pumped both fists in the air, and announced, "I used the chainsaw and shot Uncle Andrew's BB gun!" I can't say I'm sorry I missed that. After many stories about working and painting, eating chili and wrestling, my older son Aaron reported that it had been a good idea to pack You Gotta Be Kidding!, his treasured book of "Would you rather..." questions (previously mentioned in my June 5 and 6, 2008 posts). He now knows if his uncles and cousins would rather eat a hair sandwich or an earwax omelet. He knows who would prefer 20 pounds of seagull poop on their head to a camel spitting all over them if forced to choose. Good manly fun!


Misrule said...

Your boys are a little young, and I don't know if this book will be published in the USA, but this post made me think of a wonderful new book for older children/younger teens, "Hunting Elephants" by one of our best writers, James Roy. The main character spends a long weekend at his great uncle's wedding in the country, where he comes up against versions of masculinity he's not used to from his middle-class suburban life. it's a fantastic book, about to be published here.

By the way, I was directed to your blog by Waller Hastings at Rutgers University.


Judith in Sydney, Australia

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendation. We'll be on the lookout for it!