You know how some people’s moms tell them to make sure they’re wearing clean underwear so if they’re in an accident the paramedics/doctors won’t see dirty underwear? Yeah, my mom was never one of those. Also, I never understood it. I was far too literal as a child to understand maybe it’s just meant to get little boys to put on clean underwear and it maybe isn’t supposed to make logical sense. Also, it makes no logical sense.
So, I am not one of those mothers either. I have never told my girls to put on clean underwear in case they’re in an accident. I just taught them to put on clean underwear. Period. No reason other than that’s what we do. It’s just a basic thing. I don’t think we need some dramatic reason to wear clean underwear.Turns out, I may be in error.
Sammy’s been in summer camp this week. On Wednesday they walked to a nearby park and donned their swimsuits to squirt each other with spray bottles. She had a blast. In fact, I’m totally getting spray bottles instead of squirt guns. They work better, don’t need to be filled as often, and aren’t a weapon.
Then they changed back into their clothes and it was time to go home. When we got home, Samantha told me she had a secret to tell me. She whispered in my ear that she had forgotten to put her underwear on and she needed to go in to do that. Luckily she at least was wearing a skirt with the built in shorts, so at least there’s that. But still. She forgot to put on underwear! How do you forget something like that?
Maybe because your mother didn’t do her job and scare you into always wearing clean underwear in case your in an accident. I mean, can you imagine if she had been in an accident? What would the doctors have thought about my six year old being commando?
Clearly I have been remiss in not teaching my children these crucial life lessons. I’m trying to remember other important lessons, like not walking under ladders because it’s bad luck (who needs to be told not to walk under a ladder?), not letting a black cat cross your path, no mirror breaking, that kind of thing.
What other important lessons am I missing?