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It is part of our domestic routine for me to give Tonji-kun his evening bath. He has an assortment of water-tolerant toys to play with while soaking, some of which he uses more frequently than others. Tonight, for the first time in many months (possibly a year), he chose his foam alphabet letters. After dumping out the bag contents into the bathtub, he slapped the letters to the tiled wall one-by-one in rapid succession (but in no particular order), naming each correctly with confidence. Notably, two letters he always mixed up in the past — “M” and “W” — he got straight, even though he was extremely tired.

Once all the letters were up on the wall, he decided to move them around and group them in pairs, which were seemingly random, but the end result was a bit like tarot cards:

TH: His initials and mine.

JP: We will be visiting Japan.

YG: We will leave from Edmonton International Airport (airport code: YEG)

UA: Our Air Canada flight might be a codeshare with Star Alliance partner  United Airlines.

BR: The forecast temperature for Edmonton this weekend is -30 C.

XC: When it gets warmer, we will go cross-country skiing.

WM: Garbage Day is soon, when the Waste Management truck comes.

EN: Tonji-kun is learning more English, now that he attends an English-language playschool 2 mornings per week.

IQ: He is so smart! 😉

Ever since Tonji-kun was 2 years old, we have been using a disciplining technique often seen on Supernanny, the “naughty step/chair/corner”, for times when he gets out of hand. In our Canadian version, we call the designated place where he gets sent to reflect on his behaviour the Penalty Box (just a corner of the dining room, though I’ve been tempted to build a real penalty box 😉 ).

Tonight my recreational hockey league team played in the early game, so Dorami-chan and Tonji-kun came to watch. Early in the match, but far enough along for me to be “-2” (“minus two”, meaning “on the ice (and in my case, largely responsible) for 2 goals against), I put my hockey stick where it got tangled in an opposing player’s legs, and ended up getting a tripping infraction.

I didn’t argue the call with the referee on the way to the penalty box or slam the door before sitting down. Our penalty killers held off our opponents’ power play, and I played better after that, getting back to “even”. We won the game 3-2.

I think it was good for Tonji-kun to see that even his father has to go into the penalty box sometimes. The same for his regular playdate friend’s father, who is on my team and was penalized shortly after I got out. Good thing it was only for 3 minutes. If the Supernanny formula had been used (duration in minutes = age in years) we would have had to sit out most of the game!