Now that we have another generation on its way, we have to consider three words
difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous
turbulently active and noisy:
informal boisterous; unruly
harsh; strident; grating:
(of voices, cries, etc) harshly or hoarsely loud
to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
to brag, bluster, or swagger
Boy or girl, we don’t plan to sheath the child in Amazon bubble wrap. The kid will be allowed to be a kid. We’re just facing the reality that a male child will be slightly more statistically likely to get into some kind of physical trouble than a girl.
It’s not that I, or the son, or the Grandson, weren’t inquisitive, active and adventurous. We’ve each been warned by police in our youth, but, intelligence, planning and luck kept us all out of Emergency wards…. mostly.
I was 40 before I skidded a bicycle on wet grass in a park, and broke – well, cracked – a bone, a rib, by driving a bony elbow into my side. My first suture came at 21, when I had a tooth removed. We can’t really add a fourth ‘R’ word – Rowdy – to the Grandson’s ER visit, when a neighbor kid pushed him and a lawn chair over, and he landed on an aluminum tent peg hidden in long grass.
The son was born with a disproportionately large head, to stuff all those IQ points into. It affected his center of balance as he grew, sometimes causing him to fall over as he learned to walk and run. He always tipped his head back, and met the ground with the point of his chin. By the time he was 6, he had accumulated 23 stitches. He sports a big, bushy beard now, but hidden in the middle, is a dime-sized bald spot of scar tissue.
I imagine that the Grandson will be laying in a supply of SpongeBob-Squarepants bandages, and some Super Glue ™, something that is common now for treating small cuts and gashes, but did not exist when I, and the son, were boys being boys.
Ahhhh, the luxury of being able to sit back and observe the oncoming mayhem from two generations away. Do you have any police/doctor stories about you or your kids that are safe to share?? 😕