For mothers of boys

November 6th, 2013


History doesn’t always bend toward justice. 

If you live in a house where the toilet seat is more often up than down, you may like or even love my book, Planting Dandelions. There’s an essay in it about the ups and downs of toilet seats and raising sons, called “Penis Ennui.” Buy it for yourself, or to show solidarity for mothers of boys who can relate to the suspense and peril of sitting down to pee while half asleep at night. They know what I’m talking about.

5 Responses to “For mothers of boys”

  1. dida gazoli says:

    No boy of mine! In fact, I’ve already drawn up a mother-in-law contract which states that I am not responsible for any seat left up or in disarray thanks to bad aim. I am also documenting every gift or bunch of flowers I receive “just because.” Savvy mother-in-laws plan ahead!

  2. I’m reading it right now. Love it!

  3. My Kids Mom says:

    My roommate before marriage had a habit of shutting the toilet after use to keep her cats out. I joined into the habit. When I married, I asked my husband to close the toilet on the understanding that I would do so also. Now I have two boys and they close the toilet. Everyone has the same task. I hope I have daughters in law who can thank my former roommate’s cats for this!

  4. Cid says:

    I had a poster made of our Family Rules which includes amongst other things – work hard, love one another, laugh a lot and, of course, lift up the seat (in the first place) which seems to be more of a problem than leaving it up in my house.

  5. Alexandra says:

    I carry your book with me every time I travel. It comforts me, the honesty of your struggles and your forgiveness of who you used to be, makes me feel love for all of us. THANK YOU.

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