I had plans for marathon writing output this month, but unfortunately, life reared up its head and is going to prevent me from pursuing that goal. I explained the nature of our situation in this Instagram post, and believe me- it doesn’t look like this situation is going away anytime soon. I’m going to have to postpone my plans for productivity, but the good news is that I was able to brainstorm more than 30 post-worthy topics!
Today, let’s take it on a lighter note, and let me tell you about the fox mania at our house. It would be a massive understatement to say that my youngest kid is obsessed with foxes. Here he is, see what I mean?! This is Hawk. He is four years old, and he wishes he could have a pet fox. He wants to have a fox t-shirt for every day of the week. Heck, he even wishes that he could be a fox!
Last year, we vacationed in the mountains of North Carolina for a week, and the day we visited Mount Mitchell, I let both the kids pick out stuffed animals from the souvenir shop. Seth picked out a snowy owl, which he named Hedwig, and Hawk got a fox. The boys decided together to call him Finn. Before this day, I wouldn’t have said that Hawk could even tell you what a fox is! But when Finn came into our life, the fox mania began.
Finn the fox goes everywhere we go. He goes to bed with Hawk and he sits at the dinner table with Hawk, and he rides in the car with Hawk. Shortly after we arrived home from our North Carolina vacation, we went shopping for Halloween costumes at Target. Hawk found a fox suit and decided he wanted to be Finn. Hawk and Finn go together like peanut butter and jelly.
I tucked that fox costume away in the top of a closet after Halloween last year. The other day, I came across the costume while cleaning out the closet. We had just been shopping for this year’s costumes, and Hawk decided he might like to be a dragon this year since there were no fox costumes, but when I pulled out last year’s costume he changed his mind!
Hawk has decided that instead of buying a new costume, he would rather be a fox again. He has even been wearing the fox suit every day. He asked to sleep in it like pajamas one night! The outfit is a bit snug in the shoulders and the arms are too short, but as long as he doesn’t grow an inch this month, I think we can make it work!
Once, we lost Finn in the middle of a busy, crowded children’s museum! My heart dropped when Hawk realized he was gone. Finn is family! We can’t lose Finn. Silly as it may be, I said a prayer in that moment. Sweet Jesus, this boy needs his Finn the fox. We can’t lose Finn the fox today, please help me find this stuffed animal for my boy! And we retraced our steps, almost knowing that Finn was gone for good. But there he was, lying on the floor in the midst of a chaotic indoor playground, and he looked for all the world as if he had been wondering when we were going to come find him!
It’s so sweet and funny to see Hawk love Finn the way he loves him. Seth never loved any of his stuffed animals the same way! They’re such very different kids. Finn is a fixture in our family, and you are likely to see him with us everywhere we go! Have your children ever had a stuffed animal that was so cherished?