Sunday, April 17, 2011

This scares the '#@*&' out of me

This is hubby and 13 year old MM's latest project and lets be honest - it scares me stupid. A motorised bicycle complete with fuel tank and accelerator.

Bikes are not meant to go as fast as cars for obvious reasons and it's for the same reason that you can't get your license (to drive solo) before you're 17 in Australia - because speed is dangerous.

Living in a house full of males means it's a foregone conclusion that I will be grey before I am 40. No correction, I will probably be bald because I will have torn all of my hair out from worry and stress.

We are a household of four cars, five if you include hubby's work van. See this is another 'boy' thing, cars and things that go fast. I have my car, hubby has his car and we have recently bought cars for both of the boys who are still living at home. Understandable for the 16 year old who has just got his learners license, but why does the 13 year old need a car? Because that is the next project, to do up the car, even though he won't be driving solo for another 4 years.

What is it about boys and machinery? We've had the motorbikes and the go-karts, those I could just barely accept. Cars and teenagers though, they do my head in. It doesn't help that hubby is a mechanic and this is what he does. Why couldn't they be interested in safe, normal things that didn't cause my heart to race?

When I try to voice my concerns I am shut down by all of the males that surround me (family and friends) who remind me that's what boys do. Right about now, tutus and ballet shoes would be much more comforting.

My children are quite sensible - granted, but it doesn't remove my concern. Very little seems to scare my children and I used to joke that I spent half of their childhood in the emergency department from all the accidents and mischief they got up to.

What about you, what do your children do that scares the bejeezus out of you?

Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

6 comments:

  1. Love this one! My grandson is 7 and already wants a motorcycle! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I enjoy your blog very much and have awarded you the The Versatile Blogger Award. You can pick it up here: http://debragrayelliott.blogspot.com/2011/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  3. Cars! I didnt have boys so I dont understand all that but I do have grandsons and am learning quickly. To bad you dont life near by we would go to the ballet. :)
    I also have a car I want to get rid of that has the mechaincs dream written all over it. Im cleaning it today and getting it ready for a quick cheap sell.
    Blessings

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  4. Just this past weekend my two grown sons were discussing some of the things they did as adolescents...Ignorance is bliss :)

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  5. I have three sons and have so far managed to hold off on the motorbike-thing at least until they are into double digits. The eldest turns 10 next year - and the pressure is already mounting...

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  6. Debra - thank you, I'll pop by.

    Bethe - a mechanics dream seems to live in my front yard, good luck with selling yours

    Kathy - that sums up the quote on my post perfectly, sometimes I'd rather not know

    Karyn - joy awaits you. Boys are fun but gee do they keep you on your toes. It's not only the mechanical side of having boys, it's all the rough and tumble sports that they have to play. I am an expert on every sport there is, because one of them played it at some time :)

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