In the movie Big Daddy Adam Sandler's character, Sonny, raises someone else's child due to bizarre circumstances. Sonny, being the child raising genius that he is, decides to let the kid do whatever he wants. Sonny wouldn't tell him what to do. The kid, Julian, would make his own decisions.
Julian's first order of business is to rename himself Frankenstein. After that he decides to eat ketchup packets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also chooses not to take baths and becomes the stinky kid at school.
Sonny also gives Julian the right to choose his wardrobe every day. He can wear whatever he wants. Normal attire includes shorts, boots, a cape, and earmuffs or maybe some other clothing fashioned as a head band.
Today I experienced a slice of this self dressing fun. After I dressed Braden this morning he started reaching for the shoes he wanted. The kid has an absolute love of shoes. He wants to wear shoes all the time. He will go pick them out and bring them too you. It is not uncommon in our home to see Braden wearing only a diaper and two mismatched shoes. Before today his shoe fun only happened at home.
This morning I tried to deny Braden's shoe dreams. He was none too pleased. We over slept and let's just say Braden is not a morning person. So in his just awakened state he was not going to give up easily. The shoes were important.
Arica wisely suggested I just give him the shoes he wanted, and she would take the other shoes to school with them.
And this is the story of how Braden got to wear big red Elmo house shoes to school today.