3 years, 10 months.
I just want to bookmark which stage of childhood you are in right now. These are the days of you dressing your stuffed animals in your own “big boy underwear.”
It would be one thing if these specially dressed animals stayed indoors where only Mommy and I knew about them.
Each morning you choose an underwear-wearing stuffed animal to ride in the car with you on the ride to school. Then the privileged creature gets to be placed in your cubby all day while you learn.
At the end of each school day, with much pride, you remove your animal from the cubby for the ride home.
Let me just say it again:
Your animals are wearing your own underwear. And you are the one who picks out which pair of your underwear they wear, then you put the underwear on them.
But part of what makes this so funny is that you don’t appear to be trying to be funny or ironic, in the least bit.
It’s as if you are treating Ellie (your much worn-out purple elephant) and Pandy (your panda bear, who like Ellie, is also a $5 Kohl’s purchase from the check-out counter) as peers who are legitimately encountering the transition to “big boy underwear” as you are.
I don’t know how many other 4 year-old boys in America are doing the same thing right now, but I know that I did the same thing was I was about your age.
Something else you’re doing these days that I feel is definitely defining you is your funny and creative drawings you do at school each day.
I think I might need to start up a special folder to start saving them in the Facebook page for Family Friendly Daddy Blog in a photo album simply called “Jack’s Art.”
As for now, I’ll leave you with my current personal favorite; this picture you drew of “an anteater that ate a monster.”