Boys Behaving Badly
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Sometimes boys behave a certain way. It doesnâ€™t matter how nice we are to them.
They run from us, whether out of habit or fear of being penned in. You offer an outstretched Â hand and they scamper off in the other direction as fast as they can go.
Youâ€™re left Â wondering Â why. Â Last Â time Â they Â nuzzled your hand and licked your toes. There seems to be no possible explanation for this change in behavior.
Amid polite dinner conversation, Â my almost-14-year-old daughter tells her older sister and me how much she loves playing Â with Â the Â puppy. Â â€œAnd Â you Â know Â whatâ€™s really fun?â€ she says. â€œJust before I put him in his pen, I chase him around the house, waving my arms and yelling at him. He runs everywhere. He loves it!â€
â€œAislinn!â€ her sister admonishes. â€œYouâ€™re just teaching him to run away, so when we try to put him in his pen, we canâ€™t catch him!â€
Which explains why I spent an extra 40 minutes this morning running around the house in my underwear, trying Â to Â catch Â a Â terrier Â who Â is Â thoroughly Â enjoying Â the chase.