Scents and sensibility

>>Scents and sensibility

My favorite neighborhood urchin is now old enough that a day’s hard playing leaves him as fragrant as used gerbil bedding. It’s really quite amazing how far the scent carries. Feet. Yards. Blocks, even.

While I’m wondering whether subtly suggesting a little soap, water and deodorant would crucify his fragile preteen psyche, his best friend screeches up beside us.

“Geeeezo,” she shrieks, pinching her nostrils shut, “You stink like old ZOMBIE puke.”

We both freeze, then he sniffs delicately at his shirt. He stays head-bowed, deep in thought, while I anxiously search my limited store of child psychology for something to restore his shattered self-esteem.

“PIT WARS!!!!!” he roars, whipping off his t-shirt and raising his arms high. She shrieks and dodges, and they pound down the street. About 15 minutes later their whole gang returns, and it’s clear that the pit wars are escalating.

I can see it’s going to be a fragrant summer.



  1. chaniarts May 21, 2010 at 10:19 am - Reply

    my wife used to teach 7th and 8th graders (30 years at it) and i used to chaperon school dances. you could almost get a contact high from the pheromones.

  2. gary May 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    This is why The Dot refuses to teach any grade higher than 4th. Nothing like a room full of in the middle of puberty 5th and 6th graders to put you off your feed!

  3. ellen abbott May 20, 2010 at 10:19 am - Reply

    having raised two kids I can tell you that at this time in their lives it really doesn’t matter how often they bathe or how much deodorant they use. fortunately, it passes.

  4. Rinee May 20, 2010 at 8:11 am - Reply

    thanks for the big smile this am.

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