Listen! Do You Smell Something??
Ah, it gives me pride as I watch my children grow and develop. My youngest child, my 4-year-old, who I have been home with since before he was two, constantly amazes me with the layers of personality and ability he develops almost daily.
Today, I am especially proud with how smoothly and professionally he displayed...
Not just plain old fart humour; he mastered the tricky "blame somebody else" variation.
Let me explain.
Mom had left the house at 7am for work, and I crashed back in bed. As is common, I had a few visitors in bed with me... my two regulars, in fact. The 4-year-old, and the 8-year-old girl. (They are kind of like magic sometimes. In the morning, they're just *there*. We don't know how or when they arrive, they were in their own bed last time we checked... yet here they are. But I digress...)
So anyway, we're all kind of awake, just warm and snuggly. I'm on the end. The 4-year-old is in the middle, snugged up against me, facing away from me with his bum against my chest (this will have significance shortly). Next to him is the 8-year-old.
So there we are. Silence. Then, the 4-year-old executes the event which puts the story into action.
THHHHHPPPPTTTTTTT. Then, for punctuation.... THHPPT.
I think the reverberation against my rib cage helped the sonic intensity.
He masterfully pauses for slight emphasis, then says...
"Dad did it."
Bra-vo. Well played.
To signify my appreciation of such a gracefully executed maneuver, I contribute my own response:
"Yes. It was me. I farted.... FROM MY CHEST!! Right here, WHERE YOUR BUTT IS!!"
They are laughing uproariously at this point.
"Normally, I like to fart from my BUTT. But today, just for a change of pace, I thought I'd fart FROM MY CHEST!!!"
They nearly pass out.
After a few more seconds of laughing, we all bask in the after-laugh. At which point the little boy says...
"It was really me."
Which killed us. Like we didn't really *know* that... but somehow, it was honest, funny, and even kind of sweet.
And "sweet" is not a word that often occurs anywhere near the word "fart".
By the way, any of you who recognized the title of my post as a quote from "Ghostbusters"....well, you need to get out a little more often!