Kevin left yesterday to finish a job in Albany, NY, and will be gone until January 20th. Ben has gotten in the habit of sitting in Kevin's seat at the kitchen table while Kevin's out of town and fulfills his Daddy's role at meals: "So Mom, how your day?" It's all I can do not to laugh every time he says it. He tries to act so grown up but is in that teeny body and funny voice. But the kicker is that he asks it sporadically throughout the meal and gives me this look like he's sincerely interested...even though he's already asked nine times.
The boys got "The Jungle Book" movie for Christmas and they take turns being different characters from it. Of course Lou started out as the leader of the monkeys, the ape "King Louie." But now he insists that he is Bageera, the black panther that takes care of Mowgli the mancub, and that we are a black panther family. He acts like "Baggy" all the time, whether we're at home or in public...slinking around, growling, and all the other things panthers do. I have to suppress a laugh when he tells someone he is a black panther and the first thing that pops into my head is the 1960s civil rights group.