I call my two sons 'boys'. Naturally.
I realised today that I also call the Builder's Big Brother and the Baby Brother 'the boys'.
They have a combined age of nearly ninety. And if you add the Builder in there, then their combined age reaches over 130. Why am I calling them boys?
I hear myself all the time:
'Call the boys in for dinner.'
'Are the boys finished outside?'
'Is that the boys arriving home?'
Boys, boys, boys.
"Anne, grow up."
Sorry, must re-phrase that. I gave up on that about 35 years ago when I was nine.
So, what do I call them? Do I say, 'Call the menfolk in for dinner'.
Oooh, I kinda like the sound of that.
It makes me feel all protected and safe.