Oliver has officially entered pre-school and with it comes new challenges and obstacles.  He’s fully potty trained (THANK GOD) and learning to write his name.  Once a week, he gets to bring something into class for show and tell.  There’s a catch though.  Every week is a specific letter so he has to bring in something that starts with that letter.  Being that he’s my son, I’ve encouraged him to bring in nerdy stuff instead of your average items.  For B, he brought in a bat Halloween decoration that flapped its wings.  For C, he went in with a C is for Cthulhu plush and book, much to the dismay of his teachers who struggled to pronounce anything in it.

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Each week, Monica and I frantically search for options for Oliver to bring in.  Show and Tell is on Tuesdays so we really have one night to really think about it.  Sure, we could plan this farther in advance, but who does that?  (The answer to that question is Monica.  She does that and we’ll get to that in a bit.)  This week’s letter was I.  We struggled with this one.  Ice cream?  Iceman?  I got nothing.  In desperation, I went downstairs to look through a box of my old action figures the kids have taken over.  I take one quick glance down and realize how stupid we’ve been.  I shout up to Monica “We’re idiots.”  She replies “That starts with I!” Grimacing, I point out that we had forgotten the most popular super hero that starts with the letter I.  Iron Man.  How could we forget this?  Oliver dressed up as Iron Man for Halloween a couple weeks ago.  I’m disappointed in myself.

 

Anyway, I pulled out a few Iron Man toys and Oliver picked one out to bring with him, specifically the Hulk Buster Iron Man.  I have about six different versions from the incredibly cheesy 1994 cartoon.  We also told Oliver that if he was good, he could wear his Iron Man costume to school.  So, the next morning, I drop Oliver off and the other kids stood there, mouths agape.  How come he got to wear his costume?  Why couldn’t I wear my costume?  It was then I realized that I’m the cool parent.  I let my kid wear his Halloween costume to school, albeit with a tie-in to show and tell.  Oliver wore the thing the entire day.  He was still wearing it when I picked him up later that day too.