Like most six to eight year old kids, the Unknown Son and Unknown Daughter are fascinated with all things gross. For Unknown Son, the natural fascination of little boys with gross things was compounded by some of his medical issues: when he had his surgery to remove his tumor, it messed up his intestines for quite a while. And in addition, it turns out he had an undiagnosed allergy to dairy products. Without being too indelicate, let's just say that the combination it gave him the ability to really clear out a room.
So, they were really excited when I brought home a "special" book from the library for last night's bedtime story: Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale . Walter is a dog with a flatulence problem. There are over a half dozen books chronicling his escapades. And they're guraranteed kid pleasers. As one of the reviewers said,
We hold this truth to be self-evident: farting makes kids laugh.Of course, the Unknown Wife wasn't nearly as pleased. But I am a hero with the kids for at least a day or two (and yes, I have another Walter book for tonight's story).