Bath Faults

30 Nov

The last time I wrote about my son’s penis, I ignited a firestorm in the comments.

Seriously. The two most controversial posts I’ve written have been about circumcision and My Little Pony. Both drew tons of angry readers. Not sure what the connection is.

This one isn’t about anything nearly as controversial as men who like cartoons that are made for little girls, but it does involve my son being naked. I also threw Return of the Jedi into it. So maybe the Bronies and the anti-circumcision crowd can find some common ground when I talk about…


Baths are nasty. Women may find them relaxing, except the things that make a bath relaxing for them – i.e. candles; bubbles; not having a penis floating limply in front of you; listening to Kenny G – are not typically things men would do. Remove those things and it’s just you in a shallow, lukewarm pool of filth staring at your slowly shrinking penis while listening to Jim Rome.

That’s why I take showers.

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Lifeless eyes…black eyes…like a doll’s eyes…

Unfortunately for my two-year-old son, showering is not an option. Most toddlers would slip and fall while wearing cleats on a football field. So standing barefoot on a slick surface as water bombards his face is not the ideal way to clean your kid. So instead you fill the tub a little bit, set him down in it amidst a smorgasboard of distractions like toy boats and plastic sharks and Yo Gabba Gabba styrofoamy things that stick to the wall, then you watch as the only thing he actually wants to play with is an empty cup so he can throw water all over the floor and you as you sit beside the tub, knees against the painful tile, and attempt to trick him into looking up at the ceiling so the soap and water don’t get in his eyes.

I’ve heard rumors about babies being washed in the kitchen sink, which, sure. The keyword being “babies.” My kid is two, and what was once the soft, innocent, porcelain skin of a newborn is now the rancid, conniving, reeking epidermis of a slowly-developing biped with dried shit caked on its buttocks. So yeah, I’ll be keeping the beast away from my foodstuffs.

Now, sink or not, I like to think I clean the kid pretty well. After two years of diaper changing I’m not longer plussed by the presence of his feces, so while he can get himself pretty dirty, poop is about the ceiling and I’ve yet to encounter a BM in the bathtub, so I am totally non-plussed by that side of things. It’s the other side of things that pluss me.

Big Daddy, Adam Sandler, bath, parenting, hygiene, comedy, Happy Madison, Rob Schneider, movies, Obviously this is my kid we’re talking about, and there is nothing inappropriate about a father giving his son a bath. There are no Tarzan outfits or cameos from Gordon Jump. But cleaning someone’s privates is not an easy thing to get used to, especially a child’s. I’m uncomfortable even writing about this. It reminds me of that scene from the classic comedy Big Daddy, wherein Adam Sandler steals an idiot child and proceeds to destroy any hope for said child’s development. At one point Sandler is giving the kid a bath but makes sure he wears a bathing suit because “[He doesn’t] know the rules.” That’s how I feel.

But somehow I soldier through my son’s bath time because god forbid he becomes the neighborhood Pigpen. He doesn’t mind taking a bath, thank god, so I’m able to get the job done with little fuss. I wash his hair, I clean between his folds, between his fingers and behind his ears; all very routine. And then I splash water in and around my son’s crotch without looking, just to cover all the bases, before getting him out and wrapped in his monkey towel, which is when it all pays off.

I’ll give the little dude a bath 5 times a day if he keeps looking like the dude that trained the Rancor in Return of the Jedi:

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One Response to “Bath Faults”

  1. Katie November 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Nice Jaw’s reference!

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