I took a few hours out of my day to be with Liam for the Halloween parade at daycare today. I arrived early, half an hour before the big event, so I sat with him and the other kids in his class while the teachers caught them one by one to put their costumes on. The kids are all between one and two years old, so there was a lot of chasing and giggling and crying.
The first little boy to be dressed found himself stuffed into a Tigger costume that he wanted absolutely no part of, and he sat in the middle of the floor wailing and tugging at the scratchy orange velour. Of particular offense was the giant fluffy Tigger head that completely covered his own little head and was attached with a snap he couldn’t undo. As he continued to cry and strangle himself trying to behead his costume, I scooched a little closer to him, with Liam in my lap, and asked “Do you know what’s so wonderful about Tiggers?” He stopped crying and stared at me.
“It’s that Tiggers? They’re wonderful things.”
“Their tops,” I poked his belly, “are made out of rubber!”
He stared at his belly.
“Their bottoms?” I wiggled his foot. “They’re made out of springs!”
He wiggled his feet.
“They’re trouncy pouncy flouncy bouncy,” I bounced.
“Fun fun fun fun fun!”
“The wonderful wonderful thing about Tiggers is you’re the only one! Yoooooooooou’re the only one!”
He applauded my effort and crawled off with Tigger’s head dangling around his neck.