E is O’s little friend from school. He is super cute, and very polite. That is, until his mom is around at which point he become Mr. Hyde. Really bizarre. I’m sure O does the same thing with me.
We haven’t seen E all summer because his mom pulled him out of the day care, and put him somewhere else in the city. Randomly, on Monday morning, I saw both of them at the subway. He was in a cranky mood. He was holding 3 superhero tattoos. He was upset because he lost one already. Then all of a sudden he turns to me and says, I want to give a tattoo to O.
Me: Oh, E. I’m sure O would be so happy to get the tattoo. Which do you want to give her.
He looks at his choices, and gives me the Iron Man tattoo.
E: Make sure you tell her it’s from me.
Me: I certainly will. And I know that O is really excited to go to school with you in September. (silence).
That afternoon, I go to pick up O, and I tell her how I saw E, and he gave me something to give to you. She looks at the tattoo, and it’s says, IT’S A BOY’S TATTOO!
Me: Well, yes, but it’s nice that he thought of you to give you the tattoo.
O: Ok. Can I put it on?
Now, I have huge problems with these fake tattoos. I just don’t want her to put them on. And of course, she is obsessed with them. We keep talking about E, and going to school. And she asked if he’s doing his homework. As we are walking by a bush, O pulls a leaf off. And it is by far the worst looking leaf you’ve ever seen. Part of it is brown and half eaten by a bug.
O: Mommy, when you see E again, can you please give him the leaf?
Me: Are you sure you don’t want to give him something… I don’t know… nicer looking?
O: No. I want to give him the leaf. Make sure you put it in your purse.
And obediently I do. This morning, as we leave for school, she reminds me, Don’t forget to give the leaf to E, ok Mommy?
After I drop her off, I do actually run into E and his mommy. I say to him, E, Carmen wanted me to give you something. I pull out the leaf and hand it to him. Now, I would expect him to look at it and think, What the F… is this? I give her a tattoo, not just any tattoo, but a superhero tattoo, and she gives me a leaf.
He looks at it, his eyes get really big, then she says: It’s beautiful!
Ah, kids… brings tears to your eyes!