It is usually sometime in July that you can be sure your school-aged children have completely exorcised the civilization and schedule of the other three seasons. They are like calves who have been hand-fed, who are gentle and responsive, until they’ve gone out to pasture and experienced the far-reaching openness, the lush and expansive grasses, the coyotes and flies. By autumn they have grown into wild, confident, wary beasts. Here are some signs my children have been showing of becoming wild beasts:
When they wake in the morning, they immediately do one of the following things:
Turn on the television without even thinking to ask
Head out the door – still in their pajamas
Put on their bathing suit
Some physical signs that my children are savage:
Tan lines (I swear I sunscreen them…when I can catch them)
Hair that has been in the pool, dried on its own, washed before bed, slept on, and still hasn’t been combed as we head back for more swimming.
Energy expended depends on the placement of the sun in the sky and the resultant temperature
Other random signs that my three children are good candidates for cro-magnon studies:
Unlikely to respond to calls sent outside in thier general direction unless they are hungry and the inside of the house smells like food
Foraging behavior – for example, one day last week Farmer Boy never ate an actual meal, but grazed on an entire loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread.
Territorial conflicts are common and generally settled with war-like behavior.
I suggest there is a simple way to test whether or not your brood has gone summer-feral. What were they wearing when they got up yesterday morning? Ok, now…were they wearing the same thing when they went to bed? Also ask yourself…how long has it been since they bathed? I mean full-on, whole-body bathing that includes dressing, combing and primping afterwards?
What other signs of summer wildness have appeared around your home?