Monday, April 13, 2009

I Am Not a Pretty Boy

Once upon a time a long time ago Arica and I were dating. Of course this was before our marriage and long before we added Braden to our numbers. During courtship there are many conversations and questions posed that help you understand your prospective mate better. It may seem like a job interview in the early going. Each person is trying to determine if the other has the skills and characteristics necessary to meet their needs.

This post, however, is about something that Arica helped me learn about myself. I am not talking about any deep self revelations. Those of you who know me or follow this blog regularly know that I am not one to talk about those things. I am not here to do a Daily Affirmation although someone might need to step in for Stewart Smalley since he has embarked on a political career.

I am reminiscing about the first time Arica called me a pretty boy. I was offended. I thought that since my normal attire was T-shirt, shorts, flip flops, and a dirty hat that I couldn't be a pretty boy. After that discussion I started to notice my grooming habits a little more. There were quite a few starched and pressed button up dress shirts hanging in my closet. Those shirts were my go to items for nice attire. My hair had to be just right before I would leave the house. I spent a little more time choosing what I might wear on a particular night than a man probably should. The kicker was the fact that I actually liked wearing a suit and tie every once in a while. Finally I came to the realization that I had to be perfect when I went out. I was a pretty boy.

This topic crossed my mind as I was looking at our pictures from Easter Sunday. Braden will have plenty of time to determine his own personal style. He can determine how important little things like ironing, shaving, and hair style are on his own, but for now, as you can see, he is definitely a pretty boy in training.

9 comments:

Isabella said...

ADORABLE! Many men could take pointers from your little man there. :)

Burgh Baby said...

Dooooood! He's SO cute!

Russ said...

Hey man, there is nothing wrong with looking good for the ladies!

WeaselMomma said...

He's a total ladies man!
Don't get worried until you and your son go get waxed and manicured together, until then you are both alright.

surprised mom said...

I believe most women are impressed witha man in suit and tie with good grooming habits, so there's nothing wrong with being a "pretty boy." Your adorable son looks like a "pretty boy" in training. He'll have to fight the girls off when he's older.

Frogs in my formula said...

What a little stallion. He looks adorable.

Jason said...

How unbelievably cute. I love that he has a little pocket square LOL.

EisQuosAmo said...

That is SO adorable!

Daddy Files said...

I can't believe you're a metrosexual. A Cardinals fan I could live with, but a pretty boy metro? Now we have issues.

But that kid looks damn sharp, I have to admit!