June 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
Almost exactly 3 years ago on June 21st, 2011, back when you were just 7 months old, I wrote aDadabase entry called “The Magically Entertaining Wooden Spoon.”
It talked about your ability to make a toy out of anything.
You still have that skill, by the way.
But these days, you also find a way to make a chore out of the new toy you discover.
Two weekends ago while at your cousin Calla’s 3rd birthday party, you somehow found a plastic potato container.
Apparently, Nonna (my mom) got it kind of as a joke for your Auntie Dana (my sister) to pack snacks for her lunch, back when she was in high school.
One of the things I didn’t mention in my most recent letter to you about the birthday partyis that for the first hour or so, you were carrying around that plastic potato with his googly eyes.
You used the potato as a place to store the rocks you found in the backyard.
I think it would be safe to use the words “proud” and “protective” to describe the way you carried that thing around.
Of course, you did share it without whoever wanted to see it for a minute. But you kept a close eye on it, as you can see in this picture.
So in closing, you have knack for finding a way to make a toy out of just about any random thing you find. Then, your version of playing with that new toy comes across more like work; or at least a game.
Honestly, you’re a pretty low maintenance kind of kid.
Maybe if you’re lucky, I’ll upgrade you: I could just give you a real potato and say, “Here ya go, Son. Have fun.”
The thing is, I’m sure you would.