Life in Poland

Boys smell bad and other news

Boys smell bad. And they don’t act the way you want them to. Some of them figure out how to behave by the time they are 16, or 18 or 21. Some of them never figure it out.
You might probably already know this information about boys but you’re probably not a teenaged girl.
This is information I did not possess as a teenager and I am sorry about that fact. It seems like such an obvious fact, but I was clueless. If someone, anyone had told me that teenaged boys were nothing like the ideal boy I had in my mind, my teenage life would have been much happier. Or at least I would have been a lot less disappointed. The key to happiness is lowered expectations, right? If only I could have realized that teenaged boys are what they are, maybe I would have better accepted that fact and been more satisfied in my teenage relationships. Maybe I would have been more satisfied with myself.
I teach a couple of teenaged girls. They know that teenaged boys smell bad and that they are not capable of  acting the way they want them to (yet). I told them that. And I told them to accept it and be happy with it. My job is done.
And now something for the boys. I teach some of them too.
Guess what boys? Teenaged girls like you, despite your funky smell. They can get over your immaturity (if you can get over their obsession with everything vampire). All you have to do is listen to them,  talk to them and act as normal as you possibly can. Oh, and share your nachos at the movie theater (my teenaged student, a boy, says that is the real key).

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    August 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    They do smell bad. I had three of them at home, and believe me – mothers try. They try very hard!But the same stinky teenagers (questionable hygiene + Axe Body Spray = most explosive mixture)do grow into young men taking long showers and using good colognes. Hope is in the air:)

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    August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Oh, so it was all about nachos?Damn, I knew I was doing it wrong 😉

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    August 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    robin – I will pass on the hope (and the patience) to the girls I teach.papagena – Maybe you are not doing it all wrong. I am no longer a teenaged girl, but I question the nachos with cheese + dark movie theatre combo and their power to win over hearts. Whose bright idea was it to serve a dish with hot, drippy cheese to be eaten in the dark? I dunno. Maybe the girls dig it.

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