The sheet and a conversation with the Bubbers King

August 4th, 2009

This past winter, I frequently brainstormed ideas for cutting costs and saving money.

I called our car insurance company and found out we were over-insured and could cut back a little.

Then I started unplugging appliances and turning off my computer’s power strip at night.

After that I requested a free water saving kit from our water company and had Charming install it.

And finally, I kept the thermostat turned down to a mere 65 degrees.

And boy did it cut our gas and electric bill!

But it was definitely a bit chilly at times, so I always had blankets out and used them whenever I took naps or snuggled with the Bubbers King as we read books or as he drank his milk or juice.

It was a fun little ritual we had and Bubbers always loved it.

In fact, he developed such a deep and abiding love for blankets that he frequently asked to be “covered up” by them throughout the day as he played.

But as the weather warmed up, I considered transitioning the blankets and pillows into the closet to keep the family room a bit tidier.

Bubbers wouldn’t have it, though, and he continued to request his beloved blankets. Especially if he was drinking his milk or reading a book.

So I left them out and silently chuckled to myself whenever I saw a hot and sweaty Bubbers smiling with delight to snuggle under a blanket and read a book with Mommy.

This was all well and good until our thermostat hit over 90 degrees in a freak heat wave last week and just the thought of having to touch a blanket made even more sweat pour down the back of my neck.

I thought for sure even the Bubbers King would register an awareness of that kind of heat and not want to be “covered up” as usual.

Boy, did I underestimate him!

Not only did he request a blanket as usual, but he broke down into tears when I firmly said, “No, it’s too hot.”

The boy was only wearing a diaper and his hair was soaked with sweat. Yet he still wanted a blanket.

Finally, I relented and said he could use an old sheet as a “blanket”.

He thought that was a fantastic idea and happily covered up with the sheet.

As the heat wave started to subside, I looked up one warm afternoon to see this and just had to laugh.

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Bubbers likes to have his cake and eat it, too.

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So he “covered up” with the sheet and a blanket!

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And I thought he was so darn cute, I had to capture it…..

“Hey Bubbers,” I said with a smile.

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“Hm?” he murmured.

“What are you reading?” I asked.

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“Eating?” he asked in confusion as he searched for food inside his mouth

Raising my voice above the loud whir of our window A/C unit I laughed and said, “No, I asked, “What are you reading?””

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“Green Eggs and Ham,” he answered with a smile.

Instantly, I recognized an opportunity to be silly with my sweet Wooga Man.

“Oh really?” I replied, “Does he eat them with a fox?”

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“Nooooo,” Bubbers answered knowingly.

“Huh,” I responded, “Does he eat them….. with a rhinoceros?”

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[Silence]

And then a subdued…..

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“Noooo!….. Dat’s funny!

“Ooh,” I replied with a chuckle, “Does he eat them in a shoe?”

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“Noooooo!!!!!” he answered eagerly.

“Really?” I said, “What about a toothbrush? Does he eat them with a toothbrush?”

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“Noooo!” he laughed, with a gleam in his eyes.

“I see,” I replied with my own gleaming eyes, “Well then, does he eat them with us?!”

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“Yes!!!” he suddenly answered.

And that was that.

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5 Comments

m | 8/4/2009 9:31 pm

I totally miss you guys. This was great!

 
charlotte | 8/5/2009 4:28 am

It’s so fun when kids start developing personalities of their own! Their own likes and dislikes, sense of humor etc.

PS> When Micah saw the pics of Bubbers, he came running over to the screen yelling “Is dat friend??” And I said, “Yes, it’s Bubbers but you’ve never met him.” He replied with teh sweetest smile, “Play wit him? Pease??”

 
Vicki | 8/5/2009 11:55 am

The blanket and sheet made me hot, but I loved the cute facial expressions. Young children can get very attached to certain rituals in their activities.

 
tearese | 8/6/2009 6:28 am

Joshua’s blanket is more the thickness of a sheet. Good thing too, because its been that hot all summer, and he insists on sleeping with it and rolling around on the floor with it before naptime.

 
Neighbor Katie ~;o) | 8/7/2009 7:17 am

Such precious moments! Isn’t it such a blessing to be home with them to be a part of each and every adorable conversation like that? You are such a good momma!

Good chatting with you yesterday! Can’t wait to get together again! Take care!

 

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