I raised 5 sons. I learned a lot about boys during those years.

This week, I've had 5 teen and pre-teen granddaughters at my house. What I've learned:

1. The bathroom is never empty (we only have one, so competition is fierce)
2. Don't let anyone tell you girls don't eat much.
3. Toilet paper doesn't last long.
4. Insane giggles erupt at any time, over anything.
5. Girls joke about passing gas as much as boys do.
6. The bathroom is never empty. The toilet paper is always empty.
7. We will stop at every rest area and fast food place en route to wherever we go because someone has to go to the bathroom.
8. They will need hair ties, my shoes, bug spray, and food at regular and frequent intervals (but some are out of luck on shoes because their feet are bigger than mine!).
9. Bottled water disappears faster than water on Venus.
10. They will play 20 Questions for hours and never tire of it. Who cares if they don't know the moon is not a planet or that a certain movie star isn't blonde? It isn't about accuracy, ya know!
11. They will be fascinated by the romance in local history, and want to hear scary stories over and over.
12. Any little thing can make them squeal. Sometimes nothing at all makes them squeal.
13. They can stay up as late as I do, and will sleep several hours later in the morning (except Hannah, who is literally always up with the chickens).
14. They will sleep on air mattresses anywhere, as long as they are close together (except Kate, who prefers privacy).
15. They will believe anything Poppa Larry tells them but are beginning to get wise to his tall tales. (for years they believed he was six feet tall, but his legs got blown off in Vietnam and the doctors sewed his feet to his knees!)
16. They scatter as much stuff as boys do, but their stuff is smaller, and usually pink or purple (unless it's Haley's--then it's camo).
17. They love to gather eggs.
18. They hate the smell of the pigpen.
19. They know chants, rhymes, songs and can sing all the Free Credit TV commercials.
20. Did I mention the bathroom is never empty?

I could go on, but you get the picture. I am constantly amazed and silenced in the face of so much female force.

What fun!


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