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Bathroom boundaries

There is a room in our house I can guarantee you will always smell like pee. And it’s not the bathroom.

DISCLAIMER: To protect the reputation of my family member — who will surely, hopefully and prayerfully grow out of this — I will not disclose his name. (But I will tell you it’s not Matt.)

The room that owns this unremovable stench belongs to a little man whose life revolves around protecting what is his.

You can’t even walk into his room without this Rumpelstiltskin-like boy flying up the stairs to see who is in his room and why. He disappears up there for hours working away on buildings and vehicles (built from Legos) and roads (he’s “carved” into the carpet) — creating his own empire.

And every empire has a few bathrooms, I suppose.

At least that is what I discovered while I scoured the room on my hands and knees, sniffing like a dog to find the source of the odor.

When I came to my child’s bed, the cozy place where I diligently put on laundry clean-scented sheets every week, my odor alarm rang loud.

My son, whom I love dearly, had been urinating under his bed, marking “his territory” like an animal! A WILD ANIMAL!

For how long, you ask? I don’t know. When I asked him that question, he held up all his fingers and I soon realized he’d been doing this more often than he could count.

So I explained to him that he is only to go to the restroom in the toilet or on a tree (preferably not in town).

Boy did we sound hypocritical.

See, Matt and I have been training him since he was 1-1/2 years old to alleviate his problems wherever he pleased (outside or in the bathroom) as long as it wasn’t in his pants.

And he has been my earliest potty trainer.

I guess we literally forgot to explain to him the bathroom boundaries.

We should have gotten the hint after my parents’ incident with him at church. A Presbyterian church, no less!

Services were held outside that Sunday in a casual atmosphere. So casual, in fact, my son simply stood up and made his toilet right there during the worship service.

But we turned a blind eye, never really having the heart-to-heart with him about how that’s inappropriate.

Now I realize how much of a mistake that was. I SMELL how much of a mistake that was.

He was there with me while I cleaned the carpet and I believe he now recognizes the disadvantages of going to the bathroom on the carpet.

We pray he does comprehend, because he goes to preschool next year, and I’m sure his female classmates are not ready for THAT kind of anatomy lesson.

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My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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