I read a post today in a fellow bloggers site, The Hilarity of Parenting, about relationships and being comfortable enough to fart. It was funny and it reminded me of a story about this topic from a kids perspective. Now, you have to remember, the only female in our household is my wife, and I have to admit at times (especially when it comes to somethings humorous) I am a 10-yr old who just has happened to have lived over 40 years.
This story, which I think proves a scientific fact about males, happened when my oldest son was 5 yrs old and my youngest son was only about 3 or 4 months old.
We were sitting in the living room and my wife was feeding our youngest. My oldest was laying on the floor and I was sitting there watching T.V. Well, my son decided that he wanted to do some “back farts.” You know how this works, when you lay on a solid surface and press your back down, then arch it suddenly to break the suction seal and it makes a fart sound. He found this hilarious and I have to admit I did to. We both started laughing.
My wife said, “I just don’t understand it. Why do you guys find potty humor and farting so funny? I don’t get it.”
I replied, “Honey, we can’t help ourselves. Boys are hardwired to find farting funny. It’s genetics.”
Her reply at this sage observation was “Oh, bullcrap. You are just making an excuse for being immature.” That is when it happened. The proof. That scientifically, observable fact that proved what I was saying was true. Boys are genetically programmed, just the fact of being male, to find potty humor and bodily functions funny.
As she was holding our youngest (he had just finished his bottle) all of a sudden, he farted. Now granted, it wasn’t the window shaking blast that an adult male can conjure up or the mildly loud “poot” that a 5-yr old can work up, but it was a definite sqeeker that had some volume. Loud enough to be heard through his diaper. Which come to think of it, if you allow for scale, it would probably have been a window rattler (Ok, that was my 10-yr old coming out. I couldn’t resist; remember its all genetics).
As we looked at him, all of a sudden he broke out into a grin and chuckled that typical baby laugh. THIS PROVED MY POINT! Even at such a young age, we males find potty humor and body functions such as farts funny. My wife even had to laugh.