Of course, the boy is FAR more excited about his FIRST LOOSE TOOTH. It is so wobbly here that he’s pointing out how loose it is. Teeth have been a sensitive issue for him, given that he’s 7 1/2 and is the last of his friends to lose teeth, even most of his younger friends have gap toothed grins.
Here’s a better picture of the hat:
Knitted out of a single skein of Noro Kureyon, just your basic 2×2 ribbed hat. I used the flat knit top instructions from the fabulous TechKnitter blog, though it took me quite a few tries to get it right. Even so, I feel like the hat still rides up a bit at times. Oh well-the boy doesn’t seem to care too much, though I’d prefer to sew some elastic through the brim.
Back to the tooth…who knew that just that afternoon…
He was so, so excited. The tooth fairy did indeed come to Denver, and left 3 golden dollars for him. (Note-there was a bit of discussion between myself and the fairy about the appropriate amount of money, me thinking that the fairy was being just a wee bit too generous. We compromised saying that first tooths get a special extra.)
As for the hair, it’s getting mighty long, as you may have noticed in these pictures. We ask the boy often if he wants to cut it, and he always is adamantly against it, even though it’s not without its negative consequences. He’s frequently mistaken for a girl by others-people often ask the girl about her big sister and things like that. To his credit, he never seems to get upset, and just corrects them gently, “No, I’m a boy, I just have long hair.” In some ways, I think it’s a good lesson for him-you can look how you want and if you’re happy with it that’s all that really matters, but you’ll have to learn how to react to other people’s reactions.
I once asked him why he wants to grow his hair long, what the inspiration was. He answered without missing a beat, “I want to look like Shiva.”
Tough to argue with that one!