The Tackler crept downstairs after playing in his room. He’d been surprisingly obedient when I’d asked him to play quietly so I could put Lil Diva down for a nap.
“So what were you doing?” I asked him as he reached the bottom of the steps.
“My penguin is The Tackler*. He is very tired. I’m the Daddy. I had to put him to bed. I read him my book about the penguin’s body.”
It was one of those moments in parenthood where you just smile at the imaginative process of your child and love being a parent.
Translation: He pretended his stuffed penguin was him, and The Tackler got to be Daddy. The Tackler Penguin was very tired and had to take a nap in the Awesome Buzz Lightyear bed, but first he required a story. Daddy Tackler read Penguin Tackler “The Body” book – which is actually Volume 5 of the set of books I ordered from Southwestern Publishing last summer. It is one of The Tackler’s favorites and he loves to recount his version of how food becomes excrement or why ear infections happen. Obviously, Penguin Tackler is also a fan of this book – only Daddy Tackler adapted the telling for a penguin…. somehow.
I only wish I’d somehow audio recorded his penguin version of The Body book..