During snow week, Ryan watched a cartoon that seemed to really get him thinking. On Jungle Junction, Ellyvan (a blue elephant who is a van, voiced by Billy West) accidentally touches a special bush that makes him shrink and shrink until he is in danger of "disappearing forever." Fortunately, the other characters find the antidote and Ellyvan is restored to his regular size.
|This world is seriously trippy.|
This prompted Ryan to ask, in his own tortured sentence structure that I won't even try to replicate, when you shrink do you turn back into a baby?
Stu and I were stunned. This was the first time Ryan had let us in on his thought process.
We explained that real people don't shrink - that the cartoon world is just fantasy - and that kids just grow bigger until they're all grown up.
He seemed unconvinced, and perhaps in the interest of preparedness he wanted to know what babies can do and what they can not do. I said that babies are essentially boring: eat, sleep, mess up a diaper, cry, repeat.
Then, most astonishingly, he asked to see pictures of himself as a baby. I happily delayed bedtime and broke out a photo album. We noted how small he was, and how little hair he had, and his complete lack of teeth.
|That made laundry day convenient while it lasted.|