Just a tip

When your son requests Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle underpants (who knew those teen turtles were even still around?) because he likes tortugas, maybe try to redirect. He’s going to be disappointed.

The underpants process has been an education in boy character marketing. E is learning about all kind of characters he did not know. For instance, the DC comics superfriends. Every day E admires them and says, “These help people. No, scare people. No, help people. Scare?”

He is very interested in Buzz Lightyear from the Pixar pack.

There also seems to be a trend in putting tread marks and the like across the wee underpants. I find this very disturbing, as does Ezra. Can you blame us? Ezra is very hesitant to wear some of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle underpants or the Mickey and tractor underpants because he insists they are “dirty,” due to the splatters or tread marks in the decoration. The young man has a point.

Surely there must be straight-up striped or solid-colored or star-spangled tiny underpants out there in the world (Hanna Anderrrson?), but they were not for sale at our local Target. And maybe not as much fun…though it honestly doesn’t seem like a lot of fun when your toddler is insisting he wear the Buzz Lightyear unders, but there is only one Buzz in the pack and he has already been soiled, to infinity and beyond…

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