19 Nov The Morning of the Pants
Alex likes his high-water pants because they are the ones that fit his scrawny waist. He also has shirt and shoe issues – t-shirts with no pictures and crocs with no socks are his preference.
So, having hurt feelings about the comment on Alex’s appearance, this morning I pulled out some brand new jeans that were waiting in his drawer for him to grow. With a bit of tightening of the adjustable waistband, the pants appeared to me to fit quite nicely. Alex on the other hand had a breakdown. Exhibit A: photo above.
He put on a belt and tightened it tourniquet-style to prove the point that the offending pants were too big. A great idea until he sat down and the strangling belt pinched him. He also rolled up the cuffs in a fit of rage and begged me to let him change clothes.
I gave him the good mother speech about how we should be thankful for what we have (new clothes) and that we can’t always be totally comfortable in every piece of clothing.
He greatly appreciated my lecture (and the picture-taking).
When we finally patched things up, I graciously let him eat a second breakfast, which made everything better. Exhibit B: photo below. (And yes, I did let him go to school with his pants rolled up like that.)