Friends, I need your help. And this isn't my usual goofy crap, either. It can't always be like a day at Chuck E. Cheese around here, you know. This is serious. I have a major problem and I desperately need the advice of my mama peeps (Or papa peeps. I'm no sexist).
Please help me.
You see... One of my sons is heading down the wrong path. A dark path. Some might even call it an evil path. He is rejecting my teachings of right and wrong and choosing to go his own way. I'm sincerely at my wit's end and don't know what to do. I hope you can help me. And who knows? Maybe being open and honest about my son's struggles will help someone else, too.
Guys, my son has become a booger-eater. Jeez, I can barely bring myself to say it. The shame and disgust I feel... It's just too much. How could this happen? How does a mother successfully raise... however many children I have raised- I forget- who have never once let a booger touch their lips (at least not in front of me), just to have the last kid in the batch completely give himself over to the dark world of booger consumption?
I mean, Good Lord, this kid's getting 3 squares a day plus snacks just by diggin' in his nose.
Please. I beg you. Make it stop. Somebody, anybody... Just. Make. It. Stop.
It doesn't matter how many times I say:
"Get your finger out of your nose."
"That's yucky, honey. Let's please not do that."
"I said... Get your finger out of your nose!"
"Please, sweetie. If you've ever loved me, even a little... Get your finger. Out. Of. Your nose. RIGHT. NOW."
"Did you see Mommy puke just now? Do you know why she did that?"
I've even prayed, "Lord Jesus, You turned water into wine. You calmed stormy seas. You cast out demons. Boogers are demonic, are they not, Lord? Won't you please- oh- please make this child stop ingesting the contents of his nostrils? Could you make the boogers taste like creamed spinach, or vinegar, or something? I'll live with the picking, Lord. I'll never complain again over a simple pick. I promise. But the (vurp) eating (vuuurrp... Oh, sorry, Lord)... I just can't do it. And P.S., Lord, doesn't the Bible say booger-eating is the unpardonable sin? ...Because it should. Amen."
But? Nothing works.
I've tried, people. I've appealed to his sense of reason and explained how grosstastically dirty the whole practice is, so he can understand why we shouldn't eat our boogers (Vurp).
Guess what?! Four-year-old boys don't go so much for the reason, apparently. Who knew? I've also tried scare tactics, like telling him he'll never get a girlfriend that way... That, too, was unsuccessful. Go figure.
Truthfully, I rarely have time to say much of anything at all. The kid has the process down, I'll give him credit for that much. Fingernosemouth, fingernosemouth... The finger goes from nose to mouth so fast I barely have time to vurp, let alone utter a complaint (A 'vurp,' by the way, for those who may not know, is a fancy burp-vomit combo kind of thing that can occur with the sudden onset of severe nausea. If you've never experienced one, you are blessed. And you've clearly never watched a booger-eater extract his prey and pop it into his mouth). There's barely a pause in the conversation, like he's not even aware he's doing it. Question: How can you possibly place a booger upon your tongue and not be aware of it? I mean, honestly. There's no thought or effort put into it. No wriggling around for the best one. Just fingernosemouth and- boom- done, as if the whole thing is on auto-pilot. It's a sight to behold, I tell ya (If you can stomach it. Which I cannot).
I don't know if this is one of those times when God thinks He's really, really funny, or what. Because me and snot? We don't mix. No-siree-bob, I don't do snot very well at all. Even when it's dried, solid and crusty (vurp).
And it's not like I can say, "Spit that out!" Y'know? You cannot un-eat a booger. What's done is done. So, what do I do, guys? Duct-tape his favorite pickin' finger to his side? Have you lived with a booger-eater? How did you make it stop? Share your experience and wisdom, please. Will he be over this by the time he graduates from high school? All suggestions are welcome. HELP ME!