My youngest son Jackson recently discovered the fact that he has ultimate control over his ability to release his body of gas. Further research of his recent discovery led him to master the skill of farting at will. Although this skill may bring him pleasure and humor, it makes for awkward and potentially embarrassing situations for his parents.
As a parent, we are encountered with many situations in which we need to design a strategy to alter our children’s behaviors. Often the first line of defense with the fairly harmless behaviors is that of ignoring. The theory behind this strategy is if the child’s behavior is not reinforced by a reaction, the behavior will quickly stop. Good in theory, but not always practical in application – especially when the behavior occurs in a crowded room (providing many reactions).
He soon realized that hard surfaces work well to amplify the vibrations; thus projecting a loud baritone sound of serenity. There were times when you could see in his eyes his intention on formally announcing that Jackson has entered the room – in a non-verbal means of course. I must be honest though; there were times in which I wish that we would have made his presence known because it was interesting to see the varying responses from individuals.
My wife had a neurology appointment scheduled and had to take Jackson with her. The results of a recent MRI were concerning and the overall tone of the appointment was distressing. I, unfortunately, was traveling on business and unable to comfort/support my wife at this difficult time. However, my wing-man was present and well prepared to change the tone of the room. The doctor was explaining the areas of concern on the MRI, the additional testing required and the potential discoveries. Although the doctor was reinforcing the fact that there is still a strong possibility of a positive outcome, he also had to explain the obvious areas of concerns. Needless to say, the stress level in the room was at a critical point.
With Jackson’s incredible instincts, he senses the critical emotional level of the room quickly searched out a hard surface and immediately brought the conversation to a halt. My wife immediately turned to him in shock, the neurologist immediately broke into laughter, Jackson smiled and the tension immediately left the room.
Although we still do not know the outcome of my wife’s medical situation at this point, I am thankful for the wisdom of a child and his ability to control his bodily functions at a critical time. There is much seriousness in the world it could be argued that it has become hard. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the emotion and drama that it is difficult to step back, take a breath and even laugh at the absurdity. My recommendation the next time you find yourself in an incredibly stressful situation, follow the examples of a very wise young man………left one rip – preferably on a hard surface. Have a laugh. Things will get better.
Husband, father, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things hockey. At 51 I sometimes wonder have I done enough. I have been married to my best friend for 30 years. She knows all my faults and loves me anyway, As a father of “almost always” perfect boys, I am always surprised at what life has to offer. It is messy, scary, thrilling, and always fun.