When Boys Will Be Girls

My deviant offspring Clive turns 17 in a few days time. This must have triggered something in his so-called brain because he has begun misbehaving to an alarming degree.
The brat has always given me trouble.

When he was born we all thought he was a girl, but it turned out he had his willy tucked between his legs like one of those drag queen abominations.

Once the nurse had wiped the blood and gore from his puny little body and handed him to me, I gave him a good smack and warned him never to impersonate a woman again.
The nurse snatched him back and smacked him harder. We passed him back and forth, smacking and laughing, until Brenda sprang from her hospital bed and intercepted him.
I thought she wanted to join in the game, but all she did was snarl and bark and rub his stupid red bottom as if that would help him grow up to be a real man capable of playing a blood sport and fiddling his taxes.

I should have married the nurse instead of Brenda.
I knew there was something different about Clive from the moment he failed his apgar test. The nurse told me he had the lowest score of any baby she had ever seen, including those born from vodka fiends and estate agents.
The apgar test works much like basketball in that the infant is awarded two points for every score.

Clive cracked the heart rate, thanks to the healthy beating. He lost one point for breathing because he screamed solidly for three minutes without once drawing breath.
When it came to muscle tone, I was appalled to discover that the runt couldn’t even arm wrestle me even though I was using my left hand. No points there.

None for colour either. He was suspiciously dark. I demanded they bring me another, whiter baby.
I can’t even remember ever having had sex with Brenda, let alone impregnating her.
Just as I was about to storm the nursery to acquire a more Caucasian-looking replacement, they performed the final test on him.


Clive reacted so well the sister had to put a screen around him and ask people to go back to their beds.

That’s when I knew he was mine.
I overheard a doctor use the word “priapism”. Brenda panicked but I restrained her with a headlock and reassured her this was a good thing.

That was the first and last time I was convinced that I had a son and not a daughter.
Years of mollycoddling, eating sandwiches with their crusts cut off and piano lessons with a priest who played Santa Claus at the mall every December sapped the poor bastard of the one drop of testosterone he was born with.

He showed no interest in killing animals, taunting lesbians, abusing the hired help or any of the other things that make South African men what they are today.
Instead, he developed a penchant for camouflage skirts and began hanging around his mother in the kitchen learning how to bake gay little tarts while swinging his girly hips to Brenda’s favourite Abba album.
At the age of 16 his voice had still not broken.

Sadly, Brenda got wind of my plans to sneak into his bedroom one night and give his testicles a healthy Catholic tug.
She threatened to have me jailed, a prospect that made my sphincter tighten and my resolve weaken.
All of this has changed in the last week. With the approach of his 17th birthday, Clive appears to have become possessed by some sort of incubus.
On Friday evening he sidled up to me in a crab-like fashion and asked if he could accompany me to the shop.

I go to the shop every Friday evening for milk and bread. If we haven’t run out, I wait until Brenda is out of the kitchen and then pour the milk down the sink and give the bread to the dog.

Brenda caught me out when she found 30 or 40 loaves of bread moulding behind the garage.

Apparently the dog died a few years ago.
I wasn’t all that keen on Clive embarrassing me at my local shop, so I said he could come if he stole R100 from his mother’s purse. He was back in a flash, thrusting two 50s into my hand.

This is the same boy who would press the panic button whenever I forced him to watch wrestling instead of that mindless violence on the Discovery Channel.
The shop was thick with cigarette smoke and full of shouting men and squealing women. Clive grabbed my arm and said: “We must call the fire brigade!”
I grabbed him by the throat and guided him to a stool.
“First we have to steady our nerves,” I said. “Then we’ll call the fire brigade.”
A shopkeeper with a 36D chest gave him the lazy eye and asked what he wanted.

“Milk, please,” he said.

I laughed and cuffed him playfully across the head.
“He means a milk stout,” I said, helping him off the floor.
By the end of the evening, Clive’s voice had broken and he was sucking shooters out of the barmaid’s belly button.

“I think I like girls,” he growled, launching himself into what looked like Teazers’ Christmas party.
It turns out that he also likes joints, tequila and stealing the car when my back is turned.
I am mystified as to how a callow, teenage virgin turns overnight into a capricious, hedonistic slut. Brenda is devastated and blames me for being the worst role model she has ever seen.
“What about Jacob Zuma,” I asked indignantly.
That shut her up.


2 thoughts on “When Boys Will Be Girls

  1. This is in my opinion one of your best, thanks. By the way you went through a long patch of drinking Cobra larger what is your now favoured tipple? You and your beer drinking mate remind me in someways of an advert I saw in Viz Magazine in the early 90’s for Blietzkrieg Lager. This was a time when all the larger were coming out with Extra version which meant higher and higher alcohol limits. Blietzkrieg Larger’s ad was a simple set of testamonials that went along the lines of: ” I woke up this morning with my head in a pale and vommit in the turups of me trousers. What a beer, what a beer” Another one read, “I’ve spent 2 days living in the bottom of my garden eating only leftovers from my compost heap, does your fine larger come in cans” etc. Cheers,

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