Saturday, March 7, 2009

Good-bye Mr. Monster

I can't remember exactly when Mr. Monster entered our life. I am pretty sure it came after Gavin's 3rd birthday. He was fighting his nap, but I knew he still needed it, so I was fighting back. In one of my attempts to keep him in his bed, I told him I was going to tell him a monster story. He immediately stopped crying and was ready for his monster story. I began by saying, "Once upon a time there was a big SCARY monster." I realized as I was telling him this that I he might get scared, so I added "WAIT a minute, he's not a scary monster; He's a nice monster and he is friend's with a little boy named Gavin." "AND they liked to go adventures." I followed with some made up adventure that involved him and Mr. Monster.

I didn't realize that he would ask for a monster story before every nap and bedtime. I could make it longer or shorter depending on how much time we had. His adventures took us to the moon where they encountered a new friend named Billabong, to Africa, to central park, to the store, to the zoo, and many more places.

After a while Gavin started adding to the stories, so that he was practically telling the story himself.

I am not sure when he stopped asking for monster stories, but I realized this week that it has been a while. It made me a little sad, so today I asked Gavin if he wanted a Monster story. I was happy to see his eyes light up. I am pretty sure that Mr. Monster will occasionally reappear, but for now it is good-bye.
(I am not sure the monster pictured above is what we both pictured in our minds, but he looks pretty friendly)


Tisha said...

aahhh- very cute story. you should write down some of those stories- I'd love to recycle them with Adley :) what a creative mama!

Amanda said...

Definitely a friendly monster.

This is such a great story. I can see little Gavin's face being so excited at something great he'd forgotten--Sam's does it too. What a great mom to create such a memory for your boy.

di said...

Emily, i heart your awesome way with Gavin! I'm so glad we were able to go to the museum way back when - it was fun to see his face when he saw the mummies...he's a great kid! :)

Mackenzie said...

I loved that post! :-) our boys are growing up but their still love us. Lucas asked me for a snuggle tonight - he hasn't done that in awhile!