This time, I'm actually posting about smell, as in odor. Lately, when Nathaniel wakes up from his nap he reeks. I kid you not! My sweet little boy smells like a foot after his nap. I know that it's because he sweats like crazy when he sleeps (even in his air conditioned room, he sweats like he just ran a mile). Tonight as I was getting ready to lay him down in his bed I could almost see the stink cloud rising up from his sheets (mind you, I wash his crib sheet at least once a week). I realized what it smelled like: Sour Milk. We don't let Nathaniel eat or drink anything in his crib, so I was a little perplexed. Why does my kid's bed stink so badly?! Why is my kid the smelly kid?
Well, it all boils down to diet. Attending a school with a high concentration of Korean students I have found myself having this conversation many times with many different ethnicities. We basically all smell like the major food group we eat. Koreans eat a food called Kim Chi (think spicy sauerkraut) and therefore, when placed in a warm room with a lot of Koreans there is the definite odor of garlic-y kim chi. My Korean classmates are also quick to point out that Americans smell like sour milk. Of course, I'm American, I've grown up around Americans and therefore, I never noticed. Until tonight. My kid (who I swear gets bathed daily, sometimes even twice!) smells like sour milk.
Joy. I am going to strip his bedding tomorrow and cut back on the dairy products!
On another note. Due to my role in ministry and my gender I have had some interesting interactions and comments made in my direction as of late. So, at the prompting of Danny and Pastor Mike, I have begun reading a book called, Men and Women in the Church. It is very well written and has hit me right in the intellectual stomach. I will eventually write a post about my thoughts and share some things the book has to say. I am hoping that since the author is a prof at Azusa Pacific (about 30 miles up the road) I will be able to nail her down and pick her brain. That would be awesome.