Girlie tools

April 29, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Today, Jenn and the kids woke up and decided to dig for dinosaur bones in our back yard. Or rather, Eoghan, who is obsessed with all things involving tools and shovels, insisted on digging holes, so Jenn decided to turn it into a school lesson. She told the kids that just down the road a giant mastodon had been dug up, so the possibility of finding “dinosaurs” – or, more precisely, ice age creatures – got them fired up. Tomorrow, Jen is going to show them the actual news articles of the ice age discovery in NY.DiggingFuture ExplorerLooking for fossilsOf course, after not unearthing any stunning mammoth tusks, the kids were getting frustrated, so Jenn decided to suggest collecting rocks. They found a huge variety of appealing rocks (marble, slate,sandstone, etc.) and then used Eoghan’s other favorite tool – a hammer – to test the hardness. Much to Jenn’s surprise, the sandstone when hammered actually turns into sand again. The kids thought it was really cool to have ancient sand.Orla has gotten into the tools as well, in light of all the new activity and hustle and bustle going on around the house. So Jenn made a trip with the kids to our local hardware store, in search of pink hammers, screwdrivers, etc. When she asked the clerks where she could find them, there was a great deal of yelling back and forth to the other clerks in the store, “Where’s the ‘girlie’ tools?”. Then when they were led to the section of pink, floral tools, Eoghan commented on how small the screwdrivers were compared to his collection. The teenaged male clerk put his hand on Eoghan’s shoulder and said, “That’s because these are girlie tools, not a real man’s tools”. Eoghan grew a couple inches standing there, a real man’s man, bonding with the hardware store guys.Jenn also discovered that the hardware store has a lumber department. Eoghan insists that he loves building things. So Jenn got in line behind 5 builders and handymen. Finally, her turn in line came and she explained to the clerk that she just needed something that Eoghan could bang some nails in and pretend to build. All the guys in the nearby area chuckled. She had, she explained, no idea what to get, but now that she had a boy he was obsessed with building and needed something to play with and that her husband was as clueless as she was, knowing nothing about construction. They all thought that was hilarious, but loaded her up with plenty of lumber. Now Eoghan is all set, but I’ll have to make sure they don’t know I’m the “useless husband” on my next trip into the store.Conall has gotten into the action as well. After watching Eoghan and Orla bang away with their hammers, he grabbed a hair brush and block and started to bang like crazy, just like they do. He has also watched them playing with their Wii video game, using their handsets and screaming in excitement at the car race or other game on the screen. Not to be outdone, he grabbed a remote control, pointed it at the TV and started yelling with enthusiasm. I’d say Jenn will have her hands full with the 3 of them soon! In the mean time, we’ll be sure to let you know if we dig up any woolly mammoths!


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