Charlie has been extremely anxious about aging this week, which is weird because I'm the one who's turning an age that rhymes with purdy in two-ish weeks (I can't remember anymore).
We'd be driving down the road chit chatting about nothing in particular when all of the sudden Charlie would yell angrily. "I don't WANT to GROW UP! I want to stay a KID!!"
My three-year-old, he is pre-pubescent.
In lighter moments he would sing his own rendition of "I won't grow up" from Peter Pan. It goes "I won't grow up! Not a penny will I pinch! I will never grow a mustache on my chin!"
One time he told me he wanted to stay three until Wes turned three so they could go to school together.
He's also been strangely fixated on leg hair. "Why don't you have hair on your legs, Mama?" he asked me a half dozen times yesterday. "Because when you are an adult you get to choose whether you want to keep the hair on your legs or shave it off. I chose to shave it off." He usually responded with a slightly alarmed "But you need to have fur on your legs so you can feel things in the woods!" Presumably this was a reasoning jump from the time Ryan explained why cats have whiskers.
(I don't think I need to tell you how happy I am that he has put me in the "no leg hair" category, as that is simply not the case every single day. I mean, really.)
I finally connected the dots yesterday when we were driving to church and Charlie started up again. "I want to always be a KID! I don't want to grow up!"
"Charlie, you are three years old. You are going to be a kid for a very long time. You have nothing to worry about."
"But I WANT TO STAY A LITTLE KID!!"
He was practically crying.
"Sweetheart, do you think your friend Julie (not her real name) is a kid?"
"Yes" he sniffled.
"Well she is five years old, two years older than you! You'll still be as little as Julie in two years!"
He hesitated then said sadly "But I have hair on my legs. Papa has hair on his legs and he is an ADULT!"
Poor, poor baby just noticed he has hair on his legs and has been thinking all week that now he is like Ryan and will have to leave the family and go to work all day.