Thank you all for your responses to my last post. They were – how shall I put this – depressing. Yeah, you see, you’re supposed to tell me it’s a phase and he’ll outgrow it soon. Let’s practice that together, shall we? “It’s a phase; he’ll grow out of it.” See how easy that was? Next time you’ll be better prepared with the correct answer.
In other news, I feel I must tell you about this coat that Lilah inherited. It was a lovely gray coat, but it had a fur strip around the hood. “The fur is detachable,” my friend told me as she gave me the bag of hand-me-downs. I unzipped the fur and Lilah wore the coat all last winter until it got lost on a playdate, by which time she had outgrown it anyway. I hope someone picked the coat up and gave it a good home or it went to the big coat closet in the sky.
Yesterday, the strip of fur with the zipper reappeared. Who the hell knows where it’s been hiding since we moved here 10 months ago? All I know is that suddenly Benjamin had a tail. Because he’s one of the Littles.
He wore the tail to the library all afternoon, garnering more than a few bemused smiles. Then he wore it to walk to school this morning. “Does he have a tail?” our neighbor’s sixth-grader asked, as she emerged from her house.
“Yes. He’s a Little.”
Girl didn’t miss a beat. “I like your tail,” she commented, as though among all the furry, zippered tails she’s seen lately, his is the nicest.
When we got to school, Ben asked his teacher if he could wear the tail today. She’s a first-year teacher, so she hasn’t ironed out all of her policies, which is why she had to think through her Tail Policy on the fly.
“I have a tail because, you know that book, The Littles? They have tails.”
“Well, do you think it would be distracting?” she asked. Because maybe a long, furry tail wouldn’t be distracting? My son explained that it wouldn’t distract him because he’d be sitting on it. “Well, how about when you’re standing?”
“It’ll be behind me between my legs. I won’t see it.”
“But do you think it would distract the other children?” the teacher asked. I took that as my cue to leave, so I have no idea what the tail resolution was.
I’m reasonably sure that this is indeed a phase he will grow out of.