Once school starts and the kids are sedentary for most of the day we drop down to having them shower every other day - except, of course, when the boys have football or the girls just run themselves into sweaty little fiends.
Today, Monday, was an off day for football so while dinner (tacos) were on the stove I asked them all, "Who needs a shower?"
My 7yo daughter - who had just run 1.7 miles with me - jumped up and ran up to shower.
My 8yo son - looked up slowly and said, "I'm all set."
"Are you sure?" I asked him.
"Yeah." he answered.
"Positive?" I persisted.
He pulled back his short sleeved shirt and said, "I'll take the sniff test." and he smelled him arm pit.
"Smells pretty good." he told me.
I was ready to waive the white flag regarding his analysis when he continued.
"But we need to take the lick test."
Then he LICKED HIS OWN ARMPIT.
This is a kid who won't eat bacon.
Before he could give me his analysis I yelled, "You do what you want!" and left the room.
He opted not to shower - but later changed his mind.
I'm counting on this eventual good judgement as the only way I'll ever have grandchildren.