Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Number One Son

Number One Son is nothing if not interesting. He is a crazy mix of intelligence and bad judgement, of kindness and narcissism, of maturity and rashness. He has provided Mr. Smith and I with countless stories and a number of sleepless nights. Two new stories cropped up just this week and so, of course, I have decided to use them for this week's post along with a couple others thrown in. I think all good bloggers should exploit their children for material, let them earn their keep.

Number One Son has a fascination with buttons and knobs. He cannot see a button and not push it to find out what it does. That is how he learns, he just jumps in and tries. One day, soon after we arrived in India, I heard a frightened sounding yelp from the direction of his room. I rushed towards his door only to meet him as he shot out and announced, "I have been violated by India!" It seems that while "sitting in the bathroom" he noticed that there was a faucet like knob on the wall next to him, but no corresponding faucet. So, being Number One Son, he reached out and gave it a good turn. The startled yelp came when the cold February water shot out of the bidet attachment that was controlled by the mystery knob on the wall and hit him where the sun doesn't generally shine, so to speak.

Number One Son is a bit of a compulsive shopper. Of course Mr. Smith and I would never allow such a character flaw in ourselves and so we are bewildered as to where he could have gotten such a loathsome habit. The $1,500 we spent on a set of Encyclopedias two months after we were married was an investment in our future. Well, it was. Upon Number One Son's return from his extended stay in the US this summer, we discovered that one of the things he had purchased during his days of freedom was a book, "Stuff White People Like" by Christian Lander. Not only was I annoyed that he had bought one more completely frivolous thing, but for some reason the title annoyed me. It turns out the joke was on me. A few weeks later Mr. Smith and I were discussing the fact that when we see other white people in public we want to run over and introduce ourselves and find out what brought them to India, but they seem to want to pretend they don't see us. We were debating various theories to explain this phenomenon when Number One Son jumped up and ran out of the room, only to return a minute later with the book. It seems section #71, Being the Only White Person Around says, "In most situations, white people are very comforted by seeing their own kind. However, when they are eating at a new ethnic restaurant or traveling to a foreign nation, nothing spoils their fun more than seeing another white person." Whew! I thought we had B.O.

Number One Son doesn't always think things through. This week's compulsive purchase was three black ski masks. You know the kind, two holes for eyes and one for your mouth. This is always a silly purchase in balmy New Delhi, but in light of last week's events and the fact that all of India is on high alert, it seems to me like a particularly dangerous one. "Gee mom, I can't understand why our driver was so nervous when I put the ski mask on while we were driving through traffic." Um, perhaps he was afraid you would both be dragged from the car and beaten to death? Just a thought.

Number One Son is...well he is who he is. A couple of days ago Mr. Smith and I left Number One Son in charge of his six siblings. While we were away, Number One Son decided to make himself some microwave popcorn to enjoy while he carried out his duties. As usual he placed the bag in the microwave and set it for an undetermined amount of time, then stood next to it, listening to the popping sound so as to catch it at the exact moment when the bag reached that delicate balance of mostly popped, but not yet burned. Unfortunately something distracted him and pulled him out of the kitchen. The popcorn was completely forgotten until almost thirteen minutes later when the smell of smoke caught his attention. Number One Son rushed back to the abandoned microwave and opened the door only to find his popcorn engulfed in flames. He ran through his fire fighting options and decided the situation was bad enough to warrant the use of the fire extinguisher, which fulfilled its destiny beautifully.

I thought all fire extinguishers were filled with foam, but it turns out that some are filled with yellow powder. I only regret that I was too stunned when I got home to think of taking a picture. Yellow powder covered every surface and every object in our kitchen. Here is my lame version. Lame as it is, it's pretty darn close.

Make no mistake, Number One Son is still number one in the line up and number one in our hearts. Well...he is at least in a seven way tie for number one.


Mr. Smith's Brother said...

Reminds me a lot of his father at that age. Just better looking (which I attribute to you, Mrs. Smith).

Octamom said...

Hee hee! I love the interesting mix all the kids bring to a big family!


Aunt Carol said...

I have to tell this story about Mr. Smith as a child. Maybe Mr. Smith's brother can make any corrections or additions. He put all their kittens in a box, smeared either the kittens or the top of the box with peanut butter (something the Smith house always had), put trophies (probably baseball)around the box and left a frantic mama cat outside the box and trophies trying to get to her babies. Payback? Only 6 more to go. You can always put the "curse" on them "I hope you have a child just like you". When my first 3 grew up and had kids just like them it was enough to make number 4 deside not to have kids. haha Mine where actually pretty good but one son called me to remind me of the "curse". He said "mom, I not only got one like me, I got two." Good thing you, Mrs Smith, were a perfect child.

DysdHousewife said...

OH. MY. That totally trumps my daughter dropping an open 2 liter of Pepsi on the kitchen floor last night.

ellen w said...

Hi - this is classic - and will be good for blackmail material later when girlfriends are about!
I have an unrelated India question.
I am getting us ready to arrive and am thinking about crafts - can you get craft materials in India? Thanks!

Toni said...

Can I tell a story on your number one son? For the most part, when he comes to visit, he doesn't give us many stories to tell. However, there was one incident that my kids love to bring up. When my youngest was still fairly new, and your number one son was visiting, he was holding my baby. As he was the oldest of seven, I didn't worry about how experienced he was with babies. Nope, I didn't worry one little bit, right up until he dropped my baby from a standing position, twice!

Mrs. Smith said...

Aunt Carol, Don't worry, he has been well and truely cursed.

Toni, not his fault really. Before he was two months old I dropped him in the bathroom from a standing position. Did I mention his head hit the toilet seat on the way down? Frankly we're just glad he doesn't drool. At least not while he's awake.

Mrs. G. said...

I can tell Number One Son and I would get along well.

Octamom said...

You'd love Scrapblog, I just know it! Can't wait to see what you create!!!


Martha said...

Awesome blog, I really like the context of it. I commend you on doing so.The bond between father and son is priceless. Have you done installing bidet on toilet seats together, it's really fun.