This morning I was helping Mack button his jeans. I noticed dirty fingernails and toenails and suggested that he start the day off with a shower. (He was already putting on his favorite shirt and the same jeans from yesterday.)
ME: “Mack, look at your feet, buddy! I think you need a shower!”
MACK: “But, MOM, this is what cowboys do. They be dirty. And I’m gonna have my boots on anyway.”
ME: “Ok, but go put your socks on first!!” (We have stunk up our fair share of shoes by going sockless! And when I say “we” I’m talking about Mack.)
MACK: “Cowboys don’t wear socks, MOM. They don’t.”
ME: “Oh yes they do.” (because I know so much about cowboys, let me tell you…..)
OK. He later was told to go brush his teeth.
“But, MOM, cowboys don’t need to brush their teeth.”
I told him that Oh Yes Cowboys do need to brush their teeth. Horses don’t let Cowboys ride on them if they haven’t brushed their teeth. (Again, I know about cowboy stuff…..)
Mack asked me if this was true.
I said, “Of course…I mean, if I were a horse I sure wouldn’t let you ride on my back with nasty teeth.”
So my little Cowboy Mack brushed his teeth, but his fingernails and toenails are still gross. And I didn’t watch him put socks on his feet, so I am not sure that under those boots there aren’t bare feet marinating in little boy sweaty-ness.