Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monkey On My Back
Well, I promised there would be a post about Jonah's monkey suit, so here it is! Ya'll know the phrase, "monkey on my back", that we often use to describe something in life that no matter what we do, we can't seem to rid our lives of it. That phrase literally fits in a GOOD way, I guess, with Jonah and his desire to run around the house dressed in his monkey suit. Now, don't misunderstand this post to be of a complaining nature because I honestly think he's just too cute and I absolutely love that he LOVES to dress as a monkey. I am AMAZED at his imagination! He calls me his "Monkey Mommy" and he'll ask me to fix him some bananas or he'll express his dislike for what I have fixed him by saying,"Monkeys don't like that." To which I have so often replied, "But my 'Jonah Monkey' does!" And that usually works. Everytime I turn around he's asking for my help in putting on that monkey suit. Oh...and we've had lots of "monkey time" lately since both boys have been home from school several more days than normal in our quest with strep throat!
Jonah and his blue "Baby Monkey" in his hands
I have sewn the tail three times, washed it after he spilled oatmeal and other various things on it (but not without a thorough explanation of why he had to wash it), warned and pleaded with him to not use my bed posts for his monkey tricks, and even allowed him to wear it to the church gym because I was pickin' and choosin' my battles that day. hehe I have sung monkey songs at home and in the car. I have carried that monkey around on my back literally, and spent more time acting like a monkey than I could have ever imagined. All because it makes Jonah happy! I bought that monkey suit as a Halloween costume for John Owen when he was 2 1/2 years old and Jonah was only 3 months old! At the time, I would have never thought it would bring us to this! And I'll sew it a million times if it means I get to see Mary Claire wearing it in a couple of years! That monkey suit is one to remember cause it has brought my boys (and me) so much happiness. It's a GOOD "monkey on my back", I guess! I am a little sad to think that one day he'll not think about the monkey suit and how much fun we had running around acting like monkeys! So, for today...Yes, Jonah, you can wear your monkey suit and "Monkey Mommy" will go and fix her "Baby Monkey" another banana to eat.