the men from the boys

So we’re at the beach. Liam has a shovel and begins to dig.

Husband: are you making a sandcastle?

Liam: Nope. Digging a hole.

Husband: Just digging a hole? No castle?

Liam: Nope. Just a hole.

Husband: What about a tunnel?

Liam: Nope.

Husband: Who just digs a hole?

Liam: Me. I just want to dig a hole.

Husband: But why?

Liam: Because. It’s going to be a really deep hole.

And there it is. The difference between men and boys isn’t necessarily the price of their toys. It’s why you dig.




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5 Responses to the men from the boys

  1. Lady Jennie August 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    My nephews dug a really deep hole so they could climb into it. There is logic there – there is!

    • Deborah Quinn August 20, 2012 at 2:07 am #

      yes! there was climbing in, and examinations of how long it took water to seep in, but mostly? Digging.

  2. Kristin August 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    There is something satisfying about just digging. I used to love digging deep, filling it with water, and then watching as the water slowly seeped out from unseen pinholes. I wish I still loved digging in the sand.

    • Deborah Quinn August 20, 2012 at 2:09 am #

      Right! Now I hate the feel of sand under my (unmanicured) fingernails, and I get little cuts from the shells, and it’s all just too messy. I will, however, if pressed, still dig tunnels, because I love that moment when you meet the other person’s fingers down deep in the sand.

  3. Suniverse August 22, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Smart. Do what you want JUST BECAUSE.


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