Little Legs has a huge cache of toys and treasures. There is a combination of birthday presents, hand-me-downs, garage sale finds, and things meant for his brother that he has already claimed for his own. While I know we need downsize his horde, it is hard to decide what stays and what goes when he loves everything so dearly.

His most recent acquisition is a wooden puzzle of farm animals. It remains a bit advanced for him, but he gets the general idea. Interestingly, out of all the barnyard dwellers, he was drawn to one over the rest and has since adopted it as his special pet.

It is a pink, smiling pig with a splash of mud on its backside.

He carries it from room to room, feeds it from his dinner plate, and gives it rides on his monster truck around the house.

It is heart-warming to watch how he cares for the wooden creature and constantly sees to her inanimate well-being. He is a natural caregiver, something that I want to foster and continue to develop in my young son.

The only concerning aspect of this new development is his pig’s name which was made quite clear when the pig went missing.

“Mama,” he yelled running through the house.

“I’m right here, baby.”

He raised his hands in question, “Gone. Mama gone.”

He grabbed my hand and led me to the puzzle and pointed to the only missing piece, the pig.


“You named the pig?”

He nodded.

“You named it Mama?”

He nodded and smiled, pleased as a monkey with a peeled banana; finally, he was understood.

I laughed, feeling slightly jealous at my competition, “Ok, let’s go find Mama.”

9 thoughts on “Mama

  1. So cute. You know people choose to name things they love, names they love!! 🙂

    I have to say this makes me recall a neighbor’s boy from many years ago now. We all went swimming and the little guy carried his favourite toy. It was a plastic fried egg from a cooking set of foods. He simply called it his ‘eggie.’ I still smile when I think of the little boy and his eggie.

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    1. Ugh, I wonder if it’s because I used a format that is now retired, same one since 2013, and not everything updated when I finally did some housekeeping and switched to the newer version? I can’t understand the mysteries of WP or technology for the most part.


      1. Yes, I can see your comments. And I am still using the classic editor, too. Change is just so hard, I can only manage a few new things in my life at once and with Baby, well… I am maxed out on change and newness for a while. Anyways, I appreciate you and your comments!


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