It’s Not All Mary Poppins


“Mahwee! Mahwee I got it!”

“What do you have, Zach?”

“I got it for you!”

Zach comes to me, holding his finger triumphantly aloft. I recognize this pose.

“Where did it come from, Zach?” Realise that I still do not know what “it” is, but I have my suspicions. “Did you get that out of your nose?”


“Well, here, let’s wipe it off on a kleenex, okay?”

Two minutes later, he again approaches me, finger aloft, beaming smile on his face. This, he is confident, is a sure-fire way to get immediate adult attention. Besides, he’s proud of his excavating skills. I determine to disappoint on the reaction front. I give him a look of boredome. “Another booger?” I yawn. “But no more, okay? I’m not interested in boogers.”

“No?” The boy’s illusions are crumbling. I don’t like boogers? Boogers are boring? He contemplates the greenish mound on his finger.

And pops it in his mouth.

April 6, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. “pops it in his mouth.” Mary, your writing cracks me up!!!!


    Comment by jw | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  2. that’s boys for ya. hahahahaa, classic.

    Comment by Joel s | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  3. Ewww! But that’s a three (? or is he 2, almost 3?? I have to scroll down a little!) year old for you. Now, you just have to teach him where the tissues are!

    Comment by Angela | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  4. At least it was from HIS nose and not someone else’s . . .

    Comment by Susan | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  5. Joel, what in the world makes you think it’s just boys?

    The girls have finally outgrown it (at least in my presence).

    Comment by Granny | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  6. jw: I’se just reporting what I sees…

    Joel: I’m thinking those things must taste good, or something. I’ve never seen a toddler who wouldn’t chow down on them from time to time. Urgh.

    Angela: No tissues for tots. If I were to let the kids at the kleenex boxes independently of me, I’d go through two or three a day. Tissues are even more fun than boogers, if that’s possible!

    Susan: And we all know that’s entirely possible, don’t we???

    Granny: Yup, it seems to be an equal-opportunity past-time, this one. More’s the pity… They all love farting and burping at this age, too, though the girls eventually outgrow the thrill.

    Comment by Mary P. | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  7. I spoke much too soon about outgrowing.

    Rebecca just came screaming “Grandma, Rochelle just blew her boogers on me”.

    I think she sneezed without a tissue but even so maybe some never outgrow it. They’re 10 and 11.

    Comment by Granny | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  8. oh puke. this lil tidbit about kids..i dont miss.

    Comment by kimmyk | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  9. ew. hahahahaha! I love your bored reaction. I will remember that one.

    Comment by Jenorama | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  10. My daughter has just recently made this wonderful “tasty” discovery. She even sneaks away to do it because she knows I don’t approve.

    Comment by Chag | April 6, 2006 | Reply

  11. Hmmm, he keeps his nose clear and clean of boogers, but his fingers and mouth… so contaminated.

    Anyway to push for his cleanliness addiction from his nose onto other areas, places? Or maybe restrict his nose-finger affair only to the mornings when he’s washing his face?

    Comment by Queen Bee | April 7, 2006 | Reply

  12. I admit it — I have zero tolerance for booger-tasting. If I saw my kids do it, I went ballistic.
    (Although I`m sure I did it myself, when I was small!)

    Comment by L. | April 7, 2006 | Reply

  13. Thankfully, mine have tired of tasting them but my son still wants to deliver them to me! 😦
    DO the girls outgrow those other “thrills?” My daughter is still delighted with any noise her body can produce but she is 7 so maybe there is still hope.

    Comment by LoryKC | April 7, 2006 | Reply

  14. Blech. I think my two have finally stopped tasting/eating their “discoveries”… I do still have the display problem, though. What don’t they understand about kleenex? Is this a complicated scenario??

    Comment by Kristen | April 7, 2006 | Reply

  15. Granny: They’re outgrowing it, I’d say. The reason Rebecca came screaming is because she knows it’s gross. Our boy Zach thought he’d done something to be proud of…

    Kimmyk: Sweet as babies and toddlers can be, there are lots of things not to miss. Snot-laden sneezes, boogers as snacks, and diapers probably head the list.

    Jen: Some days the best reaction is no reaction. Many days. Most?

    Chag: She sneaks away? Friend, you are 2/3 of the way there!!! In fact one of my stock responses (after “oh, yuck”) is to say, “You do THAT in the bathroom. I don’t want to see it. Then you wash your hands, because you’re not touching anything with booger-fingers.”)

    QueenBee: Oh, this isn’t a cleanliness addiction. This behaviour is more related to playing in mud puddles, finger painting, and fondling playdough. Nothing to do with hygiene concerns whatsoever! And yes, I do try to make them keep it to the bathroom (or, if they’re too little to go there on their own, one particular corner of a room I can’t see).

    L: Oh, I hate it, too. I stopped the story short of my reaction, which was “AGH! ZACH!! YYYUUKKK!!” (Which, if he was after attention, was shooting myself in the foot, I know. If I see it again, I’ll fake bored, but I think he genuinely just didn’t know what else to do with it. Creative, no?)

    Lorykc: Oh, she’ll outgrow it, for sure. It may be another few years, though, but by somewhere between nine and thirteen, she’ll almost certainly think that’s all just “groooosss”.

    Kristen: It’s pride of accomplishment, mom. I mean, some of those buggers, er, boogers, are BIG!

    Comment by Mary P. | April 8, 2006 | Reply

  16. 15 comments on what? 🙂 Do we really loose our fastination? 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous | April 10, 2006 | Reply

  17. Ummmm. There seems to be a communication malfunction. I have no idea how to respond to that, because I have no idea what you just said. I’m sure it’s just me… Sorry about that!

    Comment by Mary P. | April 10, 2006 | Reply

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