See that picture up there? You’d never know by looking at it that that picture holds a deep dark Monkey secret would you? Well, it does.
Lean in closer and I’ll share that secret with you.
You see that smiling child? Everything appears hunky dory, right?
Ah, looks can be so deceiving.
Monkey is stubborn runs in the family Monkey is strong willed, again, comes by it naturally.
Monkey is stretching his proverbial legs and testing his boundaries, as it were. also known as the driving mommy absolutely ape leaping bonkers bananas
You see, Monkey has developed an aversion to wearing anything but his Silly Monkey shirt and his denim shorts. Luckily, we live in South Texas so shorts and a Tee shirt are perfectly fine to wear every day.
However, Last Sunday we went to the beach to search for shells, it was a brisk 50 degrees, 42 on the water, and I had to have him clothed in something other than the Silly Monkey tee shirt and shorts.
Let’s just say that Monkey, disagreed.
If Monkey knew the phrase, “Hell No” I believe he would have shouted it at me in protest. Screams shook the rafters of my house and rattled toys on their shelves.
One of the many lessons I have taken from my father is to pick my battles wisely, so we compromised. Underneath the jacket, oh yes. It’s the Silly Monkey shirt, underneath the jeans, oh yes, the shorts.
For one week straight Monkey has worn these clothes. Every single day. Call me a bad parent, a wuss, whatever. To me, it’s not worth the argument, there are bigger battles to fight and more important wars to win, than a clothing issue with a determined 2 year old.
Yes, I wash his clothes every other night, once I’ve wrestled them off him and he’s safely ensconced in his Monkey Pajamas. He has apparently been watching me more closely than I thought.
The other morning he walked up to me and holding his clothes in hand said: “Cothes nathty, need wash” he then turned around and walked to our laundry room. I heard the dryer door open and close and then I saw a diaper clad Monkey walk past me into the back of the house. About 5 minutes later he walked back into the laundry room. Once again, I heard the dryer door open and close.
Then Monkey came walking up to me with the biggest grin on his face, put his clothes up to his face, inhaled deeply and said: “All Cean”.
ummmmmm. He’s got the idea, it’s the execution that sort of escapes him.
So there you have it, Monkey’s Dirty Secret and a little humor to boot 😉