When you are raising both genders, you occasionally get that question: “Which are easier to raise, boys or girls?”
The answer depends on the child and the day and your temperament. You also need to factor in patience levels, tolerance for stink vs. overly perfumed, how much you’ve had to drink and … well the variables are endless.
But there is one occasion when I can unequivocally state that boys are easier than girls:
To find a girl’s outfit for prom you shop. And then you shop.
And shop some more, until finally… you shop.
Then you buy the dress.
Next you have to shop for shoes. Then you shop for accessories. You also shop for makeup.
Then you drop her off so she can shop with her friends.
With the boy, you walk into a tux shop and discuss the six options - all of which come with shoes and accessories. Thirty minutes later you walk out with a complete outfit.
The day of the prom, girls start early. We went with paying someone to do the hair, but doing it yourself takes just as long. There are also nails to be painted and re-painted and a painstaking session with make up.
My son spent exactly thirty minutes, to shower and shave.
It only took that long because he went all out and washed his hair twice.
Hayden did not take any particular date. He went with a group of friends which was a smart move, because guess who planned the whole outing?
The girls of course.
They picked the restaurant and the locations for the photographs. They decided where to be and when to be there.
They even tried to tell the boys who would be doing the driving.
Telling boys what to do with their cars is where the line is drawn apparently.
Look at those girls. Aren’t they lovely?
The girls spent fifteen minutes grouping and posing and regrouping and taking photos from all angles.
While the boys?
The boys stood off to the side and played with the sword that belonged to the guy who decided to go to prom dressed as a pirate.
I couldn’t get a straight answer as to why he was dressed as a pirate. I’ll say this though: he owned it. He wore that pirate costume with bold swagger.
I never did decide whether to be impressed or alarmed.
So go ahead: ask me which is easier to raise - boys or girls.
The answer this week is definitively BOYS.