Finn seems to have an aversion to wearing pants. And underwear. Even on the coldest days, it is a common sight to see him streaking through the kitchen, giggling.
Recently, though, he has been unusually modest. I wake up to find him already dressed for school (something that is usually an epic battle), he's been ordering me out of the bathroom, and getting his jammies on himself without being asked. I thought he was on a quest for stars (we have a "star board" and award stars for good behavior - each one is worth a quarter and they're saving up to buy a toy), but I should have known something was up.
We've been busy, too, so it has been a little while since he had a bath.
In other words, I haven't seen him naked in a couple of days.
Tonight I found him half dressed on the couch, wearing only a shirt, with a blanket wrapped around his midsection.
"Time for bed, Buddy," I said. "Let's get your jammies on."
"Okay," he replied. "But don't look at my butt."
"Why would I look at your butt? Let's go, it's late."
He pulled his shirt down to his knees and shuffled over to me. As he bent down to pick up his jammie bottoms, I saw a little flash of green peeking out from under his pulled-down shirt.
"Finn," I said. "Please turn around."
He gave me a sly grin. "I don't think I want to," he said.
"Please turn around, Finn."
He lifted his shirt and turned around, slowly.
Drawn in green marker, with startling clarity, was a bespectacled face with crazy hair and a big grin drawn around puffy, well, cheeks. As in butt cheeks.
"Do you know who it is?" Finn asked, giggling.
At a loss for when, why and HOW this figure appeared on my son's derriere, I gave up and simply asked, "No. Who?"
** I cannot tell you how badly I want to post a picture of Albert Einstein drawn on my son's rear end. Really, the kid's got talent (and world record flexibility, apparently). But as I laughed and snapped the picture, he said, "Don't you dare put this on your blog, Momma!" I'm a woman of my word, so your imagination is going to have to suffice. You're welcome.