I gave M a ride to school this morning since it was raining. Unfortunately, by the time he was done with his inscrutable morning routine and ready to get into my car, he smelled overpoweringly of… something. I later emailed E to ask if she knew what kind of man-spray he was using — not sure what you call perfume for guys, but man-spray sure seemed to fit! She didn’t know, but speculated he may have bought something on his own while he was out.
He’s out again now (in my car, since what’s a Friday night without driving around 2 towns to pick up a few more friends to help one friend set up a prom-posal for his girlfriend?) So I glanced around in his room a little bit, to see if there was any obvious explanation for the source of the smell. I didn’t do any serious prying, and I didn’t see anything in the man-spray category. But his deodorant was on his dresser, so I took a quick sniff of that. Same odor as he had this morning.
Hmmm… should a kid wearing a T-shirt and pullover really smell that strongly of deodorant if he’s just using it on his armpits? Or is he using it in some other way that I probably don’t want to know?