The Dangerous Book for Boys
On the way home from work tonight, I stopped by Costco for a few things. I picked up some cashews, some adult beverages, gum, Skinny Cows, and stamps. After making my way through the CDs — because I cannot ever pass up the chance to peruse the music — I noticed a hard-bound book with a bright red cover. The title jumped out at me: The Dangerous Book for Boys.
Intriguing. So I opened it and started rifling through the pages.
Wow. Here is just a sampling of the topics covered:
— The Five Knots Every Boys Should Know (with complete illustrations)
— Making a Battery
— Timers and Tripwires (I must admit, this one made me wonder if this was a manual for Berkeley mathematics professors, but there are no sections on building log cabins — just a tree house.
— Famous Battles
— Understanding Grammar — Part One
— The Rules of Rugby Union and Rugby League
— Insects and Spiders (with color photos)
— Why Is the Sky Blue? (Every parent should know this because the question is inevitable!)
— Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary
— The Ten Commandments
— First Aid
— Sampling Shakespeare
— Seven Poems Every Boy Should Know (including If by Rudyard Kipling and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost)
— The Solar System
— The Rules of Soccer (The clincher that this was a book that I had to purchase!)
I cannot wait to go through this book with Keegan. Some of these things we’ll learn together. I imagine some of these things he may teach me. I hope by the end of it, the pages will be worn from all our visits to its contents. Because that will be a tangible reminder of time well spent. Time to share discoveries. Maybe time shared at the E.R. Who knows? But it’ll be hellacious fun!