I remember talking with some friends early in parenthood. They were recalling how they had promised themselves they would not discuss the color of their baby's poop when they became parents. Yet just a few days into parenthood it quickly became their favorite topic.
I recall appologizing to Isabelle's birthmother after sending nothing but emails about Isabelle's pooping and sleeping habits for several months.
Babies don't do much. Their whole life is about pooping, eating and sleeping. What else is there to talk about?
All this comes to my mind as my dad recovers from back surgery. The surgery has greatly improved his problem but I have gotten several emails about the workings of my dad's "plumbing" since the surgery.
And I spent a fair amount of time hearing how Chemo was affecting my father-in-laws "plumbing" one evening. (who was actually a plumber)
Apparently we end talking about the same thing we start with.