3 boys, 3 girls - our household is like a laboratory for an investigation into the personality differences (or lack thereof) between male and female. And up until today, I would have sworn (after 2 decades of careful study) that one HUGE difference is that boys, unlike the fairer sex, have a built-in aversion to trying on clothes. Actually, just standing in a clothing store is often enough to give them hives. Both Theo and David, for example, when dragged to the shoe store will stand there and say, "Okay, that looks good."
"But you haven't tried it on!"
"I know my size. It'll fit. Let's go."
Today, however, I had to take Brian to Payless for some form of hiking boot. So! He cheerfully tried on 2 different hiking boots, 2 sizes each, and proclaimed all of them too "high." Exasperated, I told him he would just have to wear his sneakers on this weekend's Boy Scout hike. At which point I noticed said sneakers were falling apart. So then (again cheerfully) he tried on 3 different pairs of sneakers, 2 sizes each, and determined that the heels were all too "slippy."
As he struggled with the last pair of laces (about 45 minutes in), I began to lose it. "What are you doing? Can't you even tie your own shoes? For heaven's sake, people are going to think you're homeschooled or something!"
Brian giggled and chanted, "I'm homeschooled, I'm homeschooled!" as he continued to fuss with his 2 bunny ears. He has an awesome sense of humor, people. Just awesome. But that doesn't change the fact that he trashed the results of my 20 years of painstaking research into gender differences. My other boys don't giggle in shoe stores.