Fresh as an Irish Spring

My son has been having some issues lately with the “p” word– puberty — which he and his sister will only refer to by its first letter. Right before Easter we noticed that T-Rex began emitting a deadly, hormone-induced BO. I admit that I first teased him about it — albeit in the privacy of our own home — in an attempt to shame him into using shampoo and soap. That felt horrible to writeWho wants to shame their kid into anything? I didn’t, but you should know that a few months earlier T-Rex went through a phase where he frequently “forgot” to use shampoo and soap until I called him on it. (Aside:  I have a new respect for fifth-grade teachers.)

Anyway, I finally realized that he was washing up, but that Ivory wasn’t doing the job. Bad mom! Then I felt really bad when I read his last-minute note to the Easter Bunny, who he still believes in:

Dear Easter Bunny,

I would love if you could give me a 3DS game called “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D,” a bottle of cologne and a bottle of hair gel. I love you!


T-Rex (Your Best Bud – YBB)

I ran out to the grocery store at 10:30 p.m. and picked up hair gel and Old Spice. Hey, it was that or Brut – what do you expect at 10:30 p.m. at the grocer?! I also picked up a package of Irish Spring deodorant soap.

I imagine my son is now the cleanest, manly-est smelling kid in his class.


2 thoughts on “Fresh as an Irish Spring

  1. Sarah says:

    I noticed you left out the video game on your store run. Interesting! Oh, my son would love to play Donkey Kong Country Returns with your son!!! 🙂

  2. Hi, Sarah. Yes, I ended up leaving out the DS game from the post so as not to take away from the “smellier” subject (and punchline!)…and from T-Rex’s Easter basket because it turns out the game isn’t even out yet! Fortunately, I didn’t spend any time running around that night trying to find it first. Only cologne. 🙂

    We should try to get together one of these days for the boys’ to play the game and for us to catch up!

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