all boy

Just an FYI in case you are confused: they are light sabres, not light savers. It’s bad enough that I have correct the boys, but then I heard a mom saying it yesterday too. Sabre, as in sword, the kind carried by a cavalry officer back when they rode horses and charged into the melee that defined milleniums of warfare swinging their heavy curved blade down on the heads of the common foot soldiers. Gruesome. Menacing.

This is a sabre. This particular sabre cut my wedding cake. We didn’t have a military wedding, but the sabre was a nod at military tradition (my husband was a 1LT in the Army Reserves) and my husband’s years of fencing experience. Hanging in front of the sabre is a Stetson, a part of my husband’s dress uniform when getting together within a cav unit (very much frowned upon by the non-cav higher-ups, which is part of the reason they do it).

Light saver conjures images of an aging hippie with a gray ponytail talking about ways to reduce your electricity consumption. Or it sounds like life saver, which is a floatation device or a candy with nice fruity flavors. None of these ideas inspires much fear.

We have an arsenal of light sabres, around 8 of them. Three of them make noise, light sabre swooshes and clashes. Pretty cool. One has Yoda’s voice offering advice.

Last night, Pete, age 11 months, picked up one of the light sabres and started attacking Billy with it. Billy was armed and happy to “fight”. The part that really had Bill and I laughing was the noises coming from the baby. He was dueling Billy and making the appropriate sound effects too! I cannot speak for all girls, but in my experience with my mixed-gender family, the use of sound effects in playing or telling stories is a guy-thing. I do not generally use sounds to describe events. My girls don’t usually describe the sounds they hear. But Bill and my boys would be hard-pressed to tell me something without making noise.

Suppose Katie is swinging on the swing and Billy is running in the yard. Suppose there is a collision:

Katie: {sob sob sob sob sob} Mommmmmeeeeee, I {sob} was {sob} swinging {sob} and {sob} Billy {sob} was {sob} running {sob} and I {sob} hit {sob} himmmmmm. {sob sob sob}

Billy: OW OW OW! MOM! I was going whoosh whoosh whoosh like Flash and Katie was going swish swish on the swing and then BAM! KaBLAM and I went SPLAT and it hurts OW OW OW!

So, it doesn’t surprise me much that Pete is already making sound effects. It just shows me that his verbal skills are right on track.

For a boy.

Pete is a trained sabre swallower. Please do not try this at home.

2 thoughts on “all boy

  1. ROFLMBOI also have a “mixed gender” family and can witness the same about the speech!I’ve also noticed that girls WITH older brothers play differently than girls WITHOUT older brothers, just from my observation of many all-girl families I know.Light sabres are big around here, too.

  2. i think we may be the exception to the rule. T talks about trips to the park with sound effect, as in, “i went on the slide, mama, went WEEEEEEE-BOOM!” though she does seem to be outgrowing it. 🙂

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