When the boys were little, they had NO idea what was cool — they didn’t even know the definition of the word. They just did their funny things (carrying a violin around, wearing blazers, being a champion thumbsucker) and called it a day. But now that Toby is seven…
…he’s starting to get inspired by fun things other kids are up to.
Case in point: The other evening, the boys and I watched the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The older brother character is a teenager in high school and is taking his girlfriend to prom. So, basically Toby’s dream come true. In the movie — since everyone is having a bad day — the brother gets a zit on his forehead, which he covers with a Band-Aid.
So, the next day, Toby begged me to bike him to the drugstore to get a red marker. When we got home, he carefully drew a circle on his forehead, on which he placed (you guessed it) a Band-Aid. Words cannot describe how thrilled he was. He sat on our stoop and every time a neighbor walked by, he would loudly complain about his zit, and he proudly kept the Band-Aid on when his friend came over to play.
Here’s his inspiration:
What are your kids into these days? What’s cool in their minds? It’s funny what ends up resonating with them!