This is a great video because it captures a spontaneous but quintessential moment in this little guy’s life. I’m gonna be honest with you, I think I did this a few times when I was a kid as well. Even adults think fire is cool, but as a kid, fire is extra special cool. But what is it about it that’s so exciting? I’ve thought about this a lot and I think it’s because fire responds to your stimulus. You can blow on it, and it moves. You can throw stuff into it, and the stuff will melt and burn. You ever throw an action figure into the fire just to pretend you tossed a bad guy into lava and now you’re watching him melt? It’s a pretty awesome experience.
With that said, everyone knows how cool it is to throw water on a fire. The flames falter, smoke rises, it hisses for a moment, it’s mesmerizing. You ever seen video of lava pouring into the ocean? There is just something so satisfying and hypnotic about watching the plumes of pillowy molten hot rock hit the water as steam rises to the surface. And if there’s anything better than watching a fire respond to water, it’s making the water come from you in the form of pee! I know, that’s a long winded way of saying, peeing on a fire is my favorite camping activity. (In all fairness, I hate camping, so it’s hard not to be number one).
This kid saw the fireplace raging and he could only think one thing: it’s time to pee on that fire. Now, he knew enough to know that’s not where he’s supposed to pee. Clearly he’s old enough to be potty trained. And when his dad rounds the corner, camera in tow, and catches his son relieving himself, the kid has a guilty look all over his face. But what can he say, it was just too tempting. Sure, as adults we’re trained to be more formal and proper in public. But next time you’re standing next to a campfire, and you’ve had a few beers (or sodas) and the outhouse is more than one hundred feet away, I promise you’ll be thinking the same thing as this kid. “I wonder if anyone would notice if I did it really quickly…plus it would be pretty darn cool.”
The dad seems to take this in stride. Maybe this isn’t the first time he’s caught his son mid- fireplace bathroom break. Here’s the beauty of when you catch your son peeing into the fireplace. You don’t have to disinfect anything! There’s basically no clean up required. The fire will take care of it all. Come to think of it, I honestly don’t know why I don’t do this more often myself. Maybe I’ll save it for the fire pit outside. But mark my words, I’m inspired! And before the summer is out, I will be peeing on a fire, whether it’s indoors or out! This kid is starting a movement!