I was so excited to get this mini album out and share it with Brick. He was just a baby when I made it and then after it came back from the trade-shows it was put away in storage. I also knew I wanted to document the moment so he was a little impatient with me when we began.
The photos are not great, I finished the album just as I was talking out the door to run this up to Basic Grey. This was great fun to make and I was so excited to share this book with Brick. I wish you could have heard him giggle. He had everyone read the book to him and laughed and laughed each time. I must have made this in late 2007 or early 2008.
The rest of the text in this post is the story that I wrote to go with the pictures. I was of course inspired by the book "Where the Wild Things Roam" by Maurice Sendak.
It’s hard to imagine that such a beautiful, sweet, innocent baby could ever gain the nickname “destructo” by his siblings, but alas it is true. Our precious baby boy would grow up to be feared and adored by all.
This is the story of one very beautiful, unbelievably sweet, and extremely mischievous little baby boy, who also happens to be the most stubborn member of our family.
It all started one day, the innocent transformation, like this: grabbing and then biting. We laughed of course, thinking it was just a cute phase. Never realizing that we, who would become his victims, were merely feeding his “appetite”.
CAUTION: Now don't let this delightful expression and charm fool you as it has with all of us. In fact when his face lights up like this we find ourselves unable to move we are mesmerised by those eyes. So don't be fooled.
He’s ferocious! He has more strength than we have ever seen. Opening the fridge at 8 months, even before he could walk, should have told us something: but remember we were overcome by is charms and blindly giggled.
Next we noticed that our “wild thing” proofing efforts were easily thwarted by the little boy in our story. He was the .01% that these products warned us would be ineffective.
The product of a curious mind is the result (perhaps) of the next disturbing behavior. We noticed that “wild thing” came to exhibit dominance over smaller and weaker family members. Notice how “wild thing” formulates the plan and attacks with lighting quick speed. Pouncing on the unsuspecting prey.
Perhaps this aggressive behavior was learned from the other male species in the home. There is always a contest or game to show off physical prowess that everyone participates in.
Or “wild thing” merely has merely to observe the grotesque eating habits from his male companions and brothers.
One would hope that the female members of the family would show a genteel and respectable example. No his sisters are no help in teaching etiquette.
WARNING (this is a public service announcement) “Wild thing” should never be allowed to have a stick, bat, empty water bottle, or any object that came be used to whacking.
Often the perpetrator is forced to go undercover for a while, to lie low while the damage is repaired and the innocent forget the pain just inflicted upon them.
Some days for the sake of humanity, nap time is treasured and valued above all else. It is a time for reflection and to remember that “wild thing” is our perfect, beautiful, charming and sweet baby boy whom we love.