The So-Called-Simplicity of Boys


We have a boy, two years old. Another boy, also two, lives next door. Across the courtyard is a family with two more boys, one of whom is two. And one door further down, there is a family with an older girl and a younger boy. He's two, too.

We all live in the units known in the neighborhood as "Slum Ledge." Kind of a joke, because it's not so bad, but the housing is old, cold in winter, hot in summer, and so if it's not actively dumping rain, all the kids, naturally, go outside.

Watching these boys it is hard not to develop certain theories.  Theories about boys. Theories about parents. Theories about siblings and sibling spacing.  Also, theories about daycare versus no daycare.  Theories about the effect of weather on behavior. Theories about the effect of numbers on kindness. Theories about boys. Theories about violence.

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