Thursday, January 22, 2009

"I really do have love to give; I just don't know where to put it."

Finn freaks me out. So I know a lot of children find pleasure in creating small shrines of junk in their rooms. I know collecting is king and all, but yesterday I was mortified to discover that Finn is collecting the "belly button" fluff of his father in a small vessel on his dresser.
Finn and Joe hang out for man's hour in the bathroom each night. They smoke pipes and chat. No, seriously- Joe draws a hot bath and relaxes and Finnian sits on this old wooden stool and they talk. It is sweet really. I can hear the mumbled slices of their communication in the kitchen downstairs as I tidy up dinner. I always hear laughter. When I want to be nosy I linger near the staircase and hear the barrage of questions Finn poses. When will my voice be deep? What is plastic? What is this door knob made out of? What is electricity? When will Blaise be big? Can old granny take her teeth out? and so on. I hear Joe so patient in the tub, he deserves an award. He is soaking his body that hurts from physical work but he won't zone out and fully relax- he will always stay above the surface- right there for Finn.
So back to the gross. Joe has told Finn the belly button fluff (as he calls it) is powerful. Finn has fallen right in. So each night if Joe has any belly button lint he will give it to Finn. There is no hope. Second generation odd is here.

title post- Magnolia 1999

15 comments:

Schmutzie said...

I sense a session in the therapist's office in 15 or 20 years :)

TZT said...

Hmmm. Dec currently *adores* a book about a boy's belly button we got from the library. Maybe they know something we don't.

mary said...

OK, this is hilarious.

But I'm also so melty over this little bonding session between Joe and Finn. I love it. All boys should get to have such time with their Daddy.

solo nicole said...

that is freakin awesome!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Now THERE'S one I haven't heard before...

nkp said...

That is hilarious, and gross. But mostly hilarious. Such is life with boys, I feel your pain! ;0) However, the nightly chat sessions made my heart swell. Really and truly, so special. By the way, thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words, I sincerely appreciate it.

Diana said...

Awww, their bonding session is so heartwarming. Man hour sounds wonderful.

As for the collection... well, what can you do? It's definitely weird, but very funny too.

Ser said...

Love the new banner and love the title post today!

My oldest is a huge junk collector, too, and--although he hasn't begun collecting belly button lint yet--he has some strange, strange collections. I recently sorted the whole mess out into individual mason jars, and one of the collections is "random broken plastic stuff found on the ground."

Love it!

Renovation Therapy said...

H.Y.S.T.E.R.I.C.A.L.

I am so twittering this.

village mama said...

Love the snippets you've shared of the boys' bathtime chats. I second SER, the chalkboard banner is sooo right for doobleh-vay.

Patois said...

Please tell me you'll be knitting something from the "fluff."

www.pepperpaints.com said...

Ewww! Really gross but so sweet!

jora said...

What a sweetie and Magnolia is one of my most favorite movies ever! I love that quote...actually ther are so many from hat movie. How are you coming up with the quotes, by the way? Do you have a savant memory for movie lines or what?

Jodi said...

What a sweet post. Man hour...how fabulous! Belly button fluff...even more fabulous!

loveaphid said...

More power to the continuation of Odd. Life would be so boring with out it. I loved this post and the imagery of you two guys chatting it up in the bathroom. Awesome, I'm still chuckling and smiling.

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