I am a sucker for plush baby animals…..squishy….delightfully comforting softness. I just am.
So, after an absolutely perfect morning at the zoo the other day, I decided that of course, Seth needed a new stuffed animal. I have a monkey theme occurring in his crib – but the white polar bear was just too precious. (You have to inspect all of them and pick the face that touches your heart.)
Seth smiled and clasped it to his body….for all of 3 seconds and then he shoved it aside and concentrated on the live animals. Oh well, I thought, pushing the white softness into the bottom of the stroller.
But later that night, Noah found the little polar bear. He lifted it high into the air with a huge smile and said “Did you buy this for me?” “Oh yes,” I replied happily (I try to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, except in cases like this little white lie.)
He spent that night and the next day playing with the polar bear. When he brought the adorable little creature to bed last night, I asked “So, what is your bear’s name?” He replied “Mawzi.”
And Mawzi it is. Mawzi gets lots of loving. He likes to have his belly scratched. He loves it when you rub his ears. And he’s particularly happy when you go fishing over the edge of the bed with a pole of glow-in-the-dark wands to catch him some fish. And if he seems to be getting full, you can just put the extra fish in a bucket for tomorrow. Mawzi will be so happy, apparently. I’m learning a lot about polar bears.
I was actually a bit surprised that Mawzi was still getting attention on day 3 of his adoption. Apparently he is also ideal for monkey-in-the-middle games and doesn’t seem to mind being bounced on the floor, landing behind the TV, or snagged from mid-air by screeching 6 year olds. Mawzi is very adept at fitting into the household of boys.
I was at a meeting tonight and when I returned, I did my typical “tucking in” of the boys. I put the covers back on, kiss them goodnight, and linger for a minute in peace. I walked into Noah’s room wondering if Mawzi had made it upstairs with the babysitter. As I leaned down to kiss Noah, his eyes fluttered open. “I love you,” I said. He sleepily replied, “Can you get my Mawzi?” I just smiled and went downstairs to answer the request….only to find Mawzi sitting upright joyfully playing with a little red fire truck. He seemed ready to get to bed, though, so we trudged back upstairs. Noah tucked him under his head as a pillow and drifted off to sleep. Mawzi seemed to understand. I’ll make sure he gets some extra fish in the morning for being so gentle.