The Young Gentleman and the Dodo Bird

This morning, we read Proverbs 16 at the breakfast table, continuing a habit our family has been trying to establish over the last few months.  A few moments after we were done, five-year-old Boy #4 asked, “What did all those words mean?”

While pleased that he was interested, yet wanting to actually eat my breakfast, I told him that it would be hard to explain everything without rereading the chapter and that he was free to ask questions during the reading, as his older brothers often do.

Then, we moved on to a new book I bought at Brooks Brothers during my last trip to Charlotte, 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know.  The plan is to cover one “Thing” per week over the next year, and today we just read the book’s introduction, which mentioned in passing things such as chewing with your mouth closed (a needed reminder amongst some of the Smith boys) and offering to help pick up the dishes from the table after a meal.

Sure enough, after folks started finishing their breakfast newly-more-attentive Boy #4 went around, unasked, and offered to grab folks’ plates and carry them to the counter.

About that time, just as I was beginning to feel like ‘Superdad and His Amazingly Mature and Attentive Young Children’, seven-year-old Boy #3 began running around the table dancing like a goof, yelling, “I’m a Dodo BIRD! I’m a Dodo BIRD!” and asking his brothers to smell his stinky morning breath.

Ah, yes.  That’s more like it.

2 thoughts on “The Young Gentleman and the Dodo Bird

  1. Could you talk more about the book you mentioned? “50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know”? Did you find it useful from a COG perspective? I know a couple of teenaged boys who might want to read it.

    We don’t have a Brooks Brothers where I live, but I assume that it’s available in most bookstores.

  2. You can read about it yourself on Amazon. Here are the results of a search on the title. When I performed the search, it came up at the top of the list. Apparently, it is written with an eye toward boys of ages 8-14, though it may serve boys (and men) outside that range, methinks. However there are many books in the series that are not limited to that age range — in fact, I believe they are aimed at adult men — and some of those books show up in the search, as well.

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