Chittlin's and Chopsticks

Writer and mother, Terris McMahan Grimes, the Mother From Another Continent, an her friends share their slighty off kilter parenting views and their takes on a whole lot of other things.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Boys, Mothers, and Lovers

The otter-eyed one in full satorial splendor

I think you know by now, I am madly in mother-love with my otter-eyed, 22-year-old son.

Rachel’s comment about her 7-year-old reminded me of a conversation my son and I had when he was that age. This is how it went:

“Mom, what’s a virgil?”

Having majored in English I had to still my beating heart before answering.

“A virgil,” I repeated. “Use it in a sentence.”

“You’re a virgil!” he spat.

“Oh,” I said. “Who called you a virgil?”


It figured. Joshua had three teenage brothers.

“A virgin,” I explained, riffling through that thesaurus in my head for a definition that didn’t involve maidenheads or miraculous births, “is a person who…hasn’t done something.”

“Like It?”

“Uh, yes,” I said, “Like It.”

We were both quiet for a moment, then he otter-eyed me and asked, “When you get married, do you have to do It?”

I thought about it. There was no law, to my knowledge, that required a married couple to have sex. One could have a platonic marriage.

I didn’t realize my son was holding his breath until I replied in the negative. “No, you don’t have to have sex when you are married, but I think by then—when you’re old enough to get married—you’ll want to.”

He shook his head. “Not me, Mom. I’m going to get married and I’m not going to do it—ever!”

I think I’ll call him up and remind him of that pledge.

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At 3/01/2007 6:37 PM , Blogger NtycnBoricua said...

When my daughter says that I think I'll pull out the camera and record it. Then, I'll play it back when she gets older and at those special functions, like her bridal shower. :D

NtycnBoricua - Mami Dearest

At 3/02/2007 1:52 AM , Blogger Rachel Briggs said...

Brilliant - made me lol!! Thanks for your kind comment on my site, made my day too!!

And your son is so lovely in this picture!!

At 3/06/2007 1:11 PM , Anonymous Pearl said...

oh that's so cute. Get it in writing.

At 3/06/2007 10:10 PM , Anonymous fingertalks said...

so cute! :)


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