Well, a few days ago Mrs. LIAYF and I pulled out a basket of old toys which Lukas had not seen in quite a while. Sitting amidst these toys was a small red stuffed Elmo. Upon seeing him, Lukas nearly exploded with excitement and flashed a huge smile the size of Texas. He has rarely let that Elmo out of his sight since.
Seeing how happy it made him, we let Lukas take this Elmo along to daycare with him. While there, he laid down at nap time with his friend, and immediately fell fast sleep. In fact, having Elmo along worked so well that we allowed our son take Elmo to daycare with him all week long.
That's because yesterday, someone (who shall remain anonymous) forgot to grab Elmo out of the car when dropping Lukas off at daycare and drove away, leaving our son calling out longingly all day long for his furry red pal.
So when Mrs. LIAYF picked up Lukas at daycare yesterday afternoon she learned that when it came to nap time, with no Elmo to help Lukas drift off, things had the potential to get very interesting and painful.
"He asked for Elmo all day long, but it wasn't here to give him," said the care provider.
"What happened at naptime?" Mrs. LIAYF asked.
"Oh, it wasn't a problem. We just gave him BARNEY instead"
Serves me right. Today, Elmo is back with Lukas at daycare. And someone has his fingers tightly crossed!