Growing Boy

February 3, 2021 at 9:54 am 37 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 February 2021

Trish Nankivell
Photo Credit: Trish Nankivell

 
“Mom, why does Billy stay in the bathroom more often and longer than he used to?” his little sister Anna asked. “His voice has changed too.”

Living in a big family, the bathroom had become Billy’s refuge. It was the only place where he could be alone in peace and quiet until the knocks on the door became persistent.

As puberty hit and his voice started to croak, the bathroom had played more role in his journey to self-discovery.

“What’s the matter with him? Anna continued. “Is he sick or something?”

“Don’t worry about it, Pumpkin. He’s a growing boy.””

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37 Comments Add your own

  • 1. liz young  |  February 3, 2021 at 10:22 am

    He needs a lock on his bedroom door.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  February 3, 2021 at 10:49 am

      liz:

      he may well do. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  February 3, 2021 at 10:37 am

    That’s an understanding parent.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 3, 2021 at 10:49 am

      neil:

      i think you’re right. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. msjadeli  |  February 3, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Privacy is of utmost important to kids hitting puberty. Glad he found some 🙂

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

      msjadeli:

      you’re absolutely right. 🙂

      Reply
  • 8. Iain Kelly  |  February 3, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Everyone needs their personal space – especially teenagers!!

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    • 9. plaridel  |  February 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

      iain:

      true that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 10. Tannille  |  February 3, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Loved the subtext. Well done!

    Reply
    • 11. plaridel  |  February 4, 2021 at 8:52 am

      tannille:

      i’m glad you liked it. much appreciated. 🙂

      Reply
  • 12. draliman  |  February 3, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Tricky questions from little Anna 🙂

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    • 13. plaridel  |  February 4, 2021 at 8:52 am

      draliman:

      perhaps she could ask her dad. 🙂

      Reply
  • 14. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 4, 2021 at 7:28 am

    It’ll all make sense in time Anna!

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    • 15. plaridel  |  February 4, 2021 at 8:52 am

      keith:

      but of course, as night follows day. 🙂

      Reply
  • 16. Dora  |  February 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Bathrooms as places of refuge. What brother or sister can’t identify with that?

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    • 17. plaridel  |  February 5, 2021 at 10:14 am

      dora:

      k know, been there, done that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 18. Russell Gayer  |  February 4, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    My grandson does the same thing in the shower. He’s got two younger sisters. Someday they’ll understand.

    Reply
    • 19. plaridel  |  February 5, 2021 at 10:13 am

      russell:

      hopefully, it’s not too long for hot water to run out. 🙂

      Reply
  • 20. James McEwan  |  February 5, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Take the lock off the door!

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    • 21. plaridel  |  February 5, 2021 at 10:13 am

      james:

      seriously? the boy needs some privacy. 🙂

      Reply
  • 22. granonine  |  February 5, 2021 at 5:20 am

    I remember hiding in the bathroom when my kids were all little. Fat little fingers poking under the door. Pitiful little voices saying Mommeeee! I gotta go!

    Reply
    • 23. plaridel  |  February 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

      linda:

      unfortunately, if they have to go, they have to go. 🙂

      Reply
      • 24. granonine  |  February 5, 2021 at 3:09 pm

        Yup. But why was it always when I had to go?

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        • 25. plaridel  |  February 6, 2021 at 9:26 am

          linda:

          i don’t think they do it on purpose. it just happens sometimes. 🙂

          Reply
          • 26. granonine  |  February 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm

            Well, see, there were FOUR of them, so someone always had to go. . . .

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            • 27. plaridel  |  February 8, 2021 at 8:56 am

              linda:

              somehow you survived and that’s the main thing. 🙂

              Reply
  • 28. Brenda's Thoughts  |  February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Those little sisters surely can be annoying. It’s difficult when you live in with a large family.

    Reply
    • 29. plaridel  |  February 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

      brenda:

      as in other matters, there’ll always be pros and cons. we just need to learn to cope. 🙂

      Reply
  • 30. rochellewisoff  |  February 6, 2021 at 5:53 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I remember when my boys hit puberty. They suddenly discovered the shower and soap. 😉 Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 31. plaridel  |  February 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

      rochelle:

      who can blame them? they want to look presentable to the girls. 🙂

      Reply
  • 32. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  February 6, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Boundaries are so important for kids.
    I hope mom comes to the rescue.
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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    • 33. plaridel  |  February 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

      isadora:

      yes, they need space just like the rest of us. 🙂

      Reply
  • 34. michaelwynnauthor  |  February 8, 2021 at 3:18 am

    The pains of growing up. Well told.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  February 8, 2021 at 8:54 am

      mick:

      you’re very kind. thank you.

      Reply
  • 36. Michael Humphris  |  February 8, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    He has got a rather curious sister.

    Reply
    • 37. plaridel  |  February 10, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      michael:

      you can say that again. 🙂

      Reply

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