Some of the magic in a boy’s life is palpable. Life’s discoveries, from a boy’s perspective, are frequently gender-unique. My ex-wife would watch our son doing those “uniquely boy things,” and shake her head claiming “you never see girls doing things like that.”
I often think-back on those days of “unique” … okay, “stupid” things we boys did. I still have pains and scars from some very old discoveries. I would not trade those memories for the world, but looking back, I have to wonder, “What in God’s name were we thinking?”
At a website for male survivors of child abuse, we started a list of those “things boys discover.” We found it to be a powerful and positive connection to boyhood. Here are a few.
- The design of boys’ bikes truly is masochistic.
- Sometimes when the mean old dude across town yells “I know your father,” he really does.
- Home construction sites have everything you need for building a tree house and other stuff.
- A 2×10, a concrete block, a boy’s bike and a long, clear stretch of pavement is all it takes to demonstrate that you, too, can do what Evil Knievel does.
What are some of the truths you learned as a boy?
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