I have frequently heard that boys mature slower than girls. I do not believe this is true. From what I have seen, boys mature to their full potential quickly and then stop. The only difference between men and boys is their size. To illustrate, I will share a scene I witnessed of The Boy's behavior when he was somewhere around 18 months old:
While I was working in the kitchen on a weekend afternoon, the boy was sitting in his toddler-sized chair, at his toddler-sized table enjoying a drink and a snack. He raised his sippy cup full of soy milk (the boy has a severe dairy allergy) to his lips and tiltling his head back he proceeded to drain it without pausing. He then threw the empty sippy cup aside belching loudly without shame before turning to consume his snack.
The only thing that would have made the scene perfect would have been if he had attempted to crush the empty sippy cup on his forehead before casting it aside.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Last Thursday, as I was heading down M street returning to my office from a meeting, I passed a shivering, twentyish man holding a clip board. As I walked by he said, "would you like to help fight global warming?"