Elroy turned 5 this week! A couple weeks ago we agreed that i should probably get him dolphins from outer space for his birthday, but it was just a lot easier to get him My Neighbor Totoro, which is more or less Our Favorite Movie.
“When I first met you, I thought you were STUPID.”
“Yeah, we didn’t get along very well at first, Elroy. It took us a while to get to know each other.”
“Yeah, but now we like each other”
It’s all true. And never has it taken this long for me and a kid to really Get each other. I like his parents and they’re good employers; otherwise I wouldn’t’ve lasted through this much talking about hot rods and why you shouldn’t punch kids at preschool or stomp on the tail of the cute cat at the playground. I think that Adventure Time (cartoon network) and Kitty City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX3iLfcMDCw) played big roles in giving us inside jokes to crack each other up about. But also Elroy totally missed me when I went away for the month of October, and that was good for everybody to realize. Aaand not to mention that I’ve been spending about 30 hours a week with him for the past year. A lot of emotional labor, dudes, and the moments when I see him becoming more of a human–congratulating his friend when he’s jealous of the friend!–make me feel psyched about humans and like I’m doing a good job.
Like yesterday. After a long discussion/explanation from me about why it can’t be morning ALL the time, but that because of Outer Space it’s always morning somewhere, and especially when it’s summertime near the North Pole, etc, Elroy explained to me how Peter Pan believes in aliens, but Captain Hook doesn’t. And that “I’m not picking my nose, I’m touching my brain.” Coool! Four year old Elroy was some badass stuff (getting kicked out of Ikea’s playland! taking a dump on the science museum’s front lawn!); here’s to being FIVE.