June 29, 2012 the movie Magic Mike hit the box office in Canada. Part of the description for this drama/comedy film states, “But nighttime is when Mike really gets to display his many talents: He’s the hot headliner in an all-male revue.” Now let’s talk about my 3 year old son, “bath time is when he likes to display his dancing talents: He’s a naked headliner in his own toddler bath time revue.”
I am not at all sure where his bath time dancing ideas were generated, and the first time he did it was one of those parenting moments where you don’t know whether to laugh or cry so instead you scratch your head and think with an inside voice, what the f*ck. The tub water is running and my husband and I are chatting about the day while we wait for the water to reach a safe level and temperature to put the child into it. We glance down to find the toddler naked on the bathmat, he has little hands on the side of the tub and he is squatted down shaking his tiny bottom back and forth for all he is worth! I jokingly referred to him as Magic Mike. This is a move he repeated once placed in the tub, and again for many nights after.
His exhibitionism took a different swing a few months ago when he learned the word privacy and something of its meaning. Its morning and time to get dressed so we can get out of the house for the day. I have laid out my son’s clothing and I am about to help him get out of his pajamas. “Don’t see my private parts, don’t see my private parts,” says the tiny little voice sitting beside a pile of clothing.
“Do you need your privacy?” I ask him.
“I need my privacy,” whines the voice.
I step out into the hall to wait. A few seconds later a tiny little bum goes running down the hall past me at a thousand miles an hour. He is as naked as a Jay bird, all thoughts of privacy forgotten. Hmm, I think to myself as I stifle a laugh. I collect his pile of clothing and go to seek out the little streaker to get him dressed for the day.
What is it about toddlers and clothing or lack thereof?
By Shari Marshall – written for April 15, 2017
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