5 years, 2 months.
Monday evening I came home from work, to discover a trail of 5 homemade cat puppets made from brown paper sacks; beginning at the front door, ending at the kitchen.
When I asked you about them, you just smiled but gave me no explanation.
By dinner time, about 30 minutes later, you began opening up.
You shared their names with me: Bouncy Cat, Wizard Cat, Shape Cat, Letter Cat, and Surprise Cat.
I quickly noticed that each character had a related symbol drawn on its chest with a marker.
Bouncy Kitty had a red bouncy ball. Wizard Kitty had a magic hat.
I had to ask you, though: “Why does Surprise Kitty have that name?”
You immediately demonstrated. You stuck your hand inside the puppet and opening his mouth; revealing his teeth.
Turns out, Surprise Kitty is the only cat puppet has teeth when you open his mouth.
That’s the surprise.
As you were gathering your cat puppets from off the carpet where you had them lined up, Mommy pulled me aside to explain, with a smile:
“Jack made ‘Care Cats’ today at school.”
Mommy and I figured out the story without having to say another word to each other:
This past weekend, as a family, we watched The Care Bears Movie on Netflix.
You were obviously inspired to create your own version: Care Cats.
After dinner, you went on to demonstrate how the Care Cats double as a juke box/CD player.
You gave me some quarters to insert inside a Care Cat, which was lying between two pillows. But instead of a song playing, you just started dancing; inviting me to join you.
The next day, I came home to 3 new Care Cats. You insisted I feed them quarters “so they can go poop.” Obviously, lifting the Care Cats upright, causing the quarters to fell out, meant that they were relieving themselves.
On your own, you found the old sock money dog bed that I used to place you in when you were a newborn, and you made that the bed for your Care Cats.
They sleep next to your bed now, so that you can keep an eye of them.
You are such a sweet and creative boy.