Things are going "okay" with Benjamin. Things were going fantastic up until today. Today he's had a fever that hasn't gone down even with Tylenol. So after a chat with his ENT, the antibiotic prescription is being changed to a heavier type of antibiotic. Poor Ben, he was up quite a bit last night, as well as the night before.
Oh well, we're used to it by now.
Speaking of change, do you remember when you needed to have spare change to call someone if you were out and about? I'm talking about payphones.
Remember when you had to stand in line at the airport to use a payphone? (Those always had extra dimes in the return change slot.) Or anywhere for that matter that would involve standing in line to use a payphone? When your after school activities would end you'd wait for ages to use the "clean phone."
Or when you were a young one at a school event, say a 5th and 6th grade boys basketball game on a Friday night, and you and your friends would go mess with the payphone upstairs near the nurses station? When you could hit O and speak to an operator for free asking her for the phone number of Mr. Heph. E Balls?
Then the older ones around that era, the 21 and ups, I'm sure drunk dialing your boyfriend from a bar with a payphone was very popular back in the day prebriefcase cellphones.
Speaking of change and balls, my aunt and I were talking about our sons today and how they go through this transformation so to speak.
A rite of passage.
A Bar Mitzvah of language.
I'm referring to when they suddenly begin using words such as "nuts," "balls," "tenders," um and the ever so popular "wienies/wiener."
It happens all of a sudden whether you're the type of parent that attempts to shield that type of talk by teaching your sons at a young age that their penis is referred to as a "tool," or "privates," "private parts," "unspeakballs" -heh, had to throw that one in.-
No matter what we teach our boys to refer to their anatomy, it doesn't change the fact that eventually you'll hear something uttered out of their young mouths that go against the name you've used for "it." "It," that's another one parents have actually used to identify the boys body parts. "Don't forget to wash "it." "Don't forget to wipe underneath "it."
I've always been open about the penis. Nice, guys! Not that way, but being open in referring to Jack, Sully's and Ben's anatomy as their penis and scrotum, how we refer to it in language. It doesn't matter though. Even though I've been PC about it, and with them, it still doesn't change the fact that they utter "nuts," and "balls." I probably have said penis or scrotum more then I've said the word, McDonald's in their young life time, yet, it still doesn't change the fact that they have to, eventually, morph their ltender toddler boyish language.
The funny thing is the general reaction from the higher tribe, the Alpha male: the dad, the Grandpa, the Uncle, you name it, when one of those that have "been through it all" hears those tongue in cheek (SHUT UP!) words, they puff up with pride. They might as well stick a cigar in the young boys mouth. Hence the Bar Mitzvah. While their at it why not buy them a hooker or escort for the night? It's as if they've been waiting for them to have the "change" and when they do, just like a tribe of werewolf elders would react when one of the young boys begin the change at the first moon after the eclipse, it's full of pride and hidden admiration. It's as if they're part of the "club now." You're not with it until you utter balls, wieners or nuts.
(THINKING OUT LOUD***
Women wait for "the change" their entire life and it's not a pleasant thing, after all why would menopause be anything pleasant?***)
My Aunt experienced the change last week when, while sitting at her desk, her 7 1/2 year old son, made mention about some boy in the school yard getting "HIT IN THE BALLS!" When my Uncle heard him utter the word, 'balls', he immediately said, "SON, NOT IN FRONT OF YOUR MOTHER!" My cousin turned to his dad and explained, "but dad, it was his balls!"
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(I'm very much into the TWILIGHT SERIES RIGHT NOW! HOOKED ACTUALLY, so if you're wondering where the werewolf reference came from, there you have it.)