Yesterday's post was a ruse. Some people DO like sex more than other people and care about it more, too. I just don't see having a high sex drive a unusual or unique or important aspect of a person's being. Even if you do it every! single! day! How much of your time does that take, exactly? Yeah. Not much.
I am a less sexual person than most. Unless there is a marriage and a baby in it for me, I could happily go the rest of my life without ever seeing a naked man. How unfun am I?
Anyway, since I am being gross this weekend, I thought I would solicit your opinion about something that I am a bit __________ about. I might be __________ about it because of my above-revealed unusualness, but never mind.
Behold the conversation I had with my three-year old nephew Liam on Wednesday as I was strapping him into his car seat.
Nina: Please hold still. I can't find the leg strap thing.
Liam: It is under my butt. (Here he arches and extracts it for me).
Nina: Hold still, please. I can't get these untwisted.
Liam: OK. (Here he holds perfectly still and observes me not succeeding and fastening the straps).
Nina: This one here... it's just... (Here Liam helpfully secures the button in the proper position and "click" - he is in).
Nina: Whew! That belly strap was a struggle, huh?
Liam: Actually that strap is close to my penis. (Here he points helpfully to the securing mechanism, which is, in fact, pretty close to the region he specified).
Nina: Yes, I see. Ok, hands and feet in. I am going to close the door.
So then I shut the door and reflected: had my brother and his wife done this right when they decided to refer to all body parts by their clinical names and to attach no special importance at all parts that will be necessary for future reproduction? Their intentions were good: they didn't want their kid to have body/shame issues and they didn't want his manparts to be any more important in his emotional register than any other parts.
But the kid, at three, will mention is stuff (albeit, if there is a reason) any old time without thinking twice.
I am leaning toward saying: eh, this is fine. He is totally innocent. He exhibits no weirdness except for having a big vocabulary and a lack of... here is where I get unclear - awareness that most people don't mention their stuff to other people, even if there is a reason. Or do they? Damn. I don't even know.
Also, he is three. He gets a break for not understanding social nuances until he is at least ten. Or maybe much older. Hell, I still don't get most of those nuances myself.
Your opinion please. Will Liam turn out to be
a) inappropriate and sexually awkward
c) something else
Gracias. Oh and to all of you showing up wanting an update on my dad: he still feels fine. He is still (maybe, probably, who knows) very sick. Tomorrow, being father's day and all, I will post about him and his status at greater length.