While I’m sitting in my sister’s college graduation ceremony on Saturday, I received this text from my wife:

While I struggled to maintain my own self-control, I managed to type out the following response:

What involuntary actions (or reactions) do you struggle with? ch:


David · 29 Apr ’10 at 1:49 am

Laughing in the face of others (hilarious) trials…


Nathan R. · 29 Apr ’10 at 8:17 am

I thought it was “ok” for kids to pee next to a tree or something?

“Parenting your kids is a hard job that nobody else can do better than you”.

Thanks for sharing.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:48 am

    I don’t think Jennifer has much experience peeing on trees, so it never dawned on her. #men

Sarah Houghton · 29 Apr ’10 at 9:06 am

Nose picking.
And my husband’s reactions.

Lee laughs when I tell K (our 3yo, who’s recently discovered booger-eating) to stop picking her nose and eating her findings.
He tries not to, so I guess that’s something.
But it’s extremely difficult to concentrate on telling my daughter why she shouldn’t be munching on boogers when her father is turning bright red with laughter and making creepy animal noises in an effort to suppress his boisterous outbursts.

Sarah Houghton · 29 Apr ’10 at 9:10 am

Oh! And M (our 1yo) has been completely fine with diaper changing for the first year of her life. BUt for some reason, now, her little bladder has decided to hold onto a little something extra, so when we change her, the diaper comes off and THEN the last of the bladder reserves comes out.

She’s peed everywhere. Changing mat, bathroom mat, In-laws kitchen floor, kitchen counter.
At one point I was holding her when the floodgates opened, and all I could think to do was stick her in the sink! But running to the sink with a peeing child soaked my jeans and I almost slipped on the puddles made on the floor.
I’d like to potty-train ASAP. My life depends on it. Haha!

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:45 pm

    SARAH! This is great stuff! You should have my blog post instead! ROFL!

Billy.J · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:17 am

LOL! That’s hilarious. You’re a good man CH! As a simple teenager, I don’t face things that massive. But, I get to laugh at people who do! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! Man, being evil is to much fun! LOL! 🙂

Billy. J

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:46 pm

    One day, I’ll be following your blog and laughing at your experiences. Just biding my time… [evil laugh]

      Billy.J · 30 Apr ’10 at 9:20 am

      LOL! That’s HILARIOUS man!!!! ROFL! 🙂 I’m sure you will, just hope you like biding time, ’cause there’s gonna be a lot of that! 🙂

      Billy. J

Max H · 29 Apr ’10 at 11:51 am

This is an area that hits close to home for me. I tend to be “honest to a fault” (not my words). It’s a habit that has caused both a great deal of pain and joy in my relationships over the years. 
As I get older and my focus moves more outward towards other people, that has changed. 
My reactions have changed to responses and I am getting much better about understanding the condition of the person I’m relating to. As a result I’m getting better about discerning the right time and method to say what I have to say, or if it’s even my place to speak up at all.

We have a saying where I’m from “we are death to those who are dying and life to those who are living” there is a lot behind that so try not to take it at face value. The way Jesus spoke to the women at the well is a great example of that principle.

On the other hand if I have to pee bad enough…..well, a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do.


    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 11:03 pm

    Max: oooo, love that 2 Cor 2:16 reference! Always good stuff. As to your other thoughts on “knowing when to speak,” thanks for being so candid. I hear that. Knowing what to say, and better still, when to say it, I find incredibly pastoral, and admire men and women who do it well. It’s certainly a learned skill, and learned through trial and error mostly. Not to use the Jesus cliche (a shame there is such a thing), but thinking through how Jesus would handle a situation always helps me a great deal: sometimes he swore at the religious people, other times he washed his betrayers feet. Certainly no formula. Just relationship.

Nathan Petrie · 29 Apr ’10 at 12:29 pm

That’s hilariously cute/awesome! 🙂

Involuntary acts? Laughing when my little sister or brother says something really funny even though it’s disrespectful 😛

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:47 pm

    Isn’t laughing at–errr, I mean “with”–siblings just the best?

Scott W. · 29 Apr ’10 at 12:53 pm

Rolling my eyes or pursing my lips when it’s bad news.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:47 pm

    Ooo, involuntary facial expressions. Nice one! One of my favs is watching DRUMMERS while playing. Too funny.

mooney · 29 Apr ’10 at 6:08 pm

Laughing at things that really aren’t funny. Like this. I am laughing to the point of tears, and Beth is telling me, “It’s SO not funny! Poor Jenny.” To which I reply, “It’s always funny when it happens to someone else.”

… still laughing

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Apr ’10 at 10:48 pm

    LOL so true. Reassure her you’d laugh even harder if it happened to me! It’s nothing personal to a guy, just humorous!

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