tiny niceties

This morning as I was getting dressed my daughter, laying in bed, opened her eyes and said to me, “As soon as Nels wakes up I’m going to look under all the pillows.” We never did find her first lost tooth yesterday – it was truly lost – hence she wasn’t sure which pillow her lost-tooth gift would be left under (it was in her room). The gift: beads to make a necklace. When I can get the savage little boy occupied I am going to help her make something.

Yesterday my mom returned from a trip to Portland. While there (visiting my sister Jules) she bought Sophie and Nels the Uglydolls Babo and Tray, resp. The kids innately knew to switch dolls because Tray actually is Sophie with the power of three brains and a symbiotic relationship with Babo, and Babo – well, Babo fits Nels’ persona eerily well* (note – the Uglydolls’ Icebat is such a favorite for me because he reminds me of how Nels looks in my mind. I even made Nels an Icebat costume for Halloween last year – and yes, some people did recognize him. I see today that they have a Secret Mission Icebat! OMG! Yes, I want it. Yes, I want it badly. Yes, I may in fact end up collecting something. <> ).

Off to swim at the Y with the kids. It’s just me and them right now – Ralph is away for the weekend somewhat unexpectedly – and I’m near-exhausted and it’s only 2 PM.

* I know they’re just dolls, but read this:

Babo will protect you. Having a bad day? Someone giving you a hard time? Babo’s got your back. What Babo lacks in mind power, he makes up for in love. He’s everybody’s best friend. He will stick with you to the end and when something scary happens, he will send you a nice greeting card from wherever it is he runs away to.

A very curious, mischievous creature, Babo may need some guidance and parenting, so make sure to bring him with you to as many places as possible.

Leaving him at home is fine, but please put all cookies and money on the highest shelf.”

OK, that’s totally Nels.

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