A Real Lady's Man...oye!
Brendon was getting ready for Karate and asked me to tie his sneakers for him. The scent became so strong, so I asked him, "do you smell something?"
"I'm wearing after shave", he replied with something short of a half smile. The look on his face didn't tell me he got into something he shouldn't, it told me that he was pleased that mom noticed.
"After shave? Where did you get it from? Dad doesn't wear after shave."
"Oh, uh, it was a sample."
"A sample? From where?"
"From a magazine. Do I smell good?" Again, that half smile was making it's way to his lips. I couldn't bear to tell him that he smelled like a "greasy variety beau hunk", a term I stole from "16 Candles".
"You smell great, but I think it'll be a little too strong for daddy. It'll make him sneeze."
"I thought he was only allergic to cats." This is a little white lie to keep them at bay about buying a cat.
"Well, he's allergic to a lot of things. Let's wipe some of that off. Where did you put it on?"
"Here...and here...here. Oh, and here too", he says pointing to his cheeks, nose, forehead, and neck.
I break out a baby wipe and remove the excess. Afterward, he smelled halfway decent.
"So what made you decide to put on aftershave?"
"The ladies like men who smell good."
"Oh yeah? Who told you that?"
"Well, C wore aftershave to school and Mrs. P said 'Ooh, you smell good, I'm going to have to give you a kiss'". (Mrs. P is so great with the kids making them feel special, so whatever compliment she gives them makes them walk on cloud 9).
"Do you think the ladies will think I smell good?"
"Yeah, but try to keep the application light next time."
The kid is 6 years old and I have how much longer to deal with this? Lord help me when he starts puberty.