Yesterday morning I was in the kitchen by myself and heard some heartfelt sobbing from the living room. Who on earth could be crying like that at 6:30am??? It was Sammy (age 4), sitting on the couch with tears running down his face, red eyes, VERY upset over something. What on earth could be so terrible? "I pee-peed myself," he sobbed. Oh, poor thing! So of course I told him it was just an accident and it happens to everyone while I took him off the couch (first thing I did!) and to the bathroom to get cleaned up.
Later, when I was leaving for work, I kissed him goodbye and said "I know you woke up crying, but I hope you have a better day." He told me, "I was crying because I thought you'd be mad at me." (Gosh, am I that awful???) "No, no," I say, "It was an accident." "What was an accident?" comes the sound of Owen (5) wanting to know what he missed. I tried to wave him off, but he was insistent on finding out what we were talking about. I didn't want Sammy to be embarrassed, so I said "No, Owen, it's none of your business. Sammy just had an accident this morning."
Then Sammy piped right up, "I'll tell you what the accident was: I pee-peed in my underwear. HA HA HA HA HA!!!" Uproarious laughter from both boys followed and I just left for work. So much for saving him the embarrassment! But how could I forget that bodily functions are not embarrassing to males - they are more often HILARIOUS!