Derek shared a theory with me, recently. We are currently testing this theory and documenting our findings. Actually, we have been doing research for many years, and we didn’t even realize it.
Derek told me that when 2 guys, who have testosterone rushing through their veins, are within 3 feet of each other, SOMETHING.MUST.HAPPEN.
These “happenings” include, but are not limited to nudging, pushing, shoving, poking, smacking the behind, squeezing the knee, and other violations of personal space. They have also been known to knock off each other’s hat, pull down each other’s pants and snap each other with towels.
They are drawn to do something with the energy they feel building up inside their body, and the closer they get to each other, they feel the energy from the other person, and they must act upon that energy.
Not only does the energy and activity increase, but the volume increases, as well. As one guy’s voice gets louder, so do the voices of those around them. Sometimes, just hearing the voice of another male is enough to initiate such “happenings”.
For example, in our house, a brother walks by another brother. It may begin with something as small as a “hug”. Then the other brother returns that “hug”, with just a little more enthusiasm that than the one that he received. Usually the minutes following that initial “hug” include half nelson choke holds, armbars, or an anaconda vice. This pattern continues, it gets louder, someone falls, hits a wall, or damages something in my house in some other way.
Then, within about 2 minutes from the time the first hug began, I am yelling, “Please, stop!”
Sometimes that statement is followed up with, “Somebody is going to get hurt!”
Usually, though, my follow up statement is, “I do not have time for the ER today!”
(Don’t judge! Whether you admit it or not, most mothers of boys have had this thought. It may not have been spoken, but the thought was there.)
Laura’s sidenote: This theory is not limited to adolescent males. I have seen this manifested in “grown men” many, many times. Usually males that possess the same DNA. That’s a different blog for a different time!
Anyway, we hope to share our continued findings with you as our research continues. This theory is tested in our house daily, and I’m sure in many other homes, as well. Feel free to share your finding with us! We would love to hear from you.