Last night, as I leaned in to give my shirtless 9-year-old a quick hug, my head jerked back. The smell of body odor hit me in the nose like a well-placed boxer's punch.
Doing what I do best, I googled "when do boys need deodorant" because 9 seems a little young to me. Of course, the correct answer should be "whenever they start to stink", but the more polite article I found stated that boys hit puberty between the ages of 9 - 14 and they should start wearing it then when they start to sweat.
This morning I made him put on some of his father's Speed Stick before he went to school. He seemed excited to be wearing it. But of course, I'm thinking that it's just one more thing to remember to remind him:
Did you brush your teeth?
Do you have on clean underwear?
Did you put on your deodorant?
The way time is moving, I'll be asking him if he remembered to pack his toothbrush, underwear and deodorant before he heads out the door to college.
*Double entendre anyone?