After a busy day at the beach with family and cousins, my sister and I piled the sandy kiddies into the tub to hose them down. E, El and cousin Luke squealed as the water poured into the tub and created a cascade of bubbles to frolic in.
Just about that time, Luke "noticed" that El was missing something.
"Mom?" he questioned my sister. "Where's Ellerie's pee-pee?"
My sister, Jaime, and I giggled at his three year old's perception of a girl's anatomy, and then Jaime patiently explained how boy's pee-pee's are on the outside and girl's pee-pee's are on the inside. Both boys considered this new fact for a few moments as they glanced at themselves and then over at an oblivious Ellerie.
Then, Ethan said it.
"Mom, Luke's pee-pee is waaaay smaller than mine."
After another round of chuckling, I patiently explained that Luke was younger and so he was smaller . . . everywhere. Both boys nodded and accepted the short explanation, and I breathed a little sigh of relief that the anatomy lesson seemed to be over.
Later though, I realized that at least now I have an answer to a question I had posed to myself many times.
Boys do start comparing their parts shortly after birth.
It must be hard wired.