It’s Sunday night and it appears the weekend is over. As I was getting J, my three year old, ready for bed, he jumped up and down and shouted, “I want to wear my basketballs!!” For the record, I would love to feel that excited about wearing anything.
He has decided his red fleece pajamas with blue patterns of basketball players are his favorites. For J, this means wearing them every night, no matter how clean, how well they fit, or what the weather is. In fact, it is quite warm tonight, but that doesn’t matter. I asked him what makes them so special. He responded in a silly voice,”they’re soft, and I like basketball.” I haven’t experienced his “Dr. J” moves on the basketball court, but I do know he likes clothes that can generally be labeled,”snugly,”(not a word I’m comfortable using).
At times, I wonder why I even care what pajamas he wears. I hear this parental voice that tells me “he should” wear something else once in awhile, but I’m not sure I understand why. At times, I believe, we as parents make issues about what clothing our kids should wear into a much bigger deal than it is. It was only in observing him, that I noticed that I wear the same shoes every day to work. I’ve been known to wear the same t-shirt and shorts to bed, and I recently noticed a photograph from ten years ago, where I am wearing the same rain coat that I wore yesterday.
So I guess the saying is true, the apple, even one in basketball pajamas , doesn’t fall very far from the tree.