Tad Speaks – Bunny Hunt

As most of you know, Tad has a “lovey.” His is Bunny, this now much-loved and many-times-washed bunny blanket (a gift from Great-Grandma when we found out he was a boy). Bunny has been with him in the best of times (Bunny was in the carry-on diaper bag on our recent trip to Disneyland, because we couldn’t risk packing Bunny in with the luggage, and Tad slept with him every night), and in the worst of times (Bunny was allowed to accompany Tad into surgery when his broken arm was being set).

Bunny is one of his closest and dearest friends.

And I could not find Bunny right before naptime yesterday.

Now, I knew he was in the house, because I had seen Bunny at breakfast and I knew that he had not gone out with us (Tad had opted for his soft stuffed McQueen instead). But Tad is the master of hiding things in obscure places, so Bunny could be anywhere.

Like under his bed.

Or in the bathtub.

Or in my room.

I was hunting around, not really worried, but definitely curious as to where Bunny was now. “Tad, where’s Bunny?” I asked him, on the off chance that he’d remember where he left it.

“Bunny? Oh, no!” Tad exclaimed, and then began hunting in the living room himself, calling out, “Bunny! Where are ‘ou??”

(To those of you wondering if Tad is speaking in sentences, the answer is no. To him, “where are you” is a single word-phrase, because he doesn’t use those words in any other context. He does the same thing with the phrase “what you doing?”)

Anyway, I joined in. So, there we are, calling out to Bunny. “Bunny! Where are ‘ou?” Tad repeated, hands cupped around his mouth.

I decided to check Ane’s room. He’s been known to toss Bunny in there before. Ane was listening to a read-along. “Ane, is Bunny in here?” I asked.

“No, Bunny’s on the bathroom floor,” she replied, never lifting her eyes from her read-along book.

She was right. Hey, at least someone knew where he was.

“Tad, here’s Bunny!” I called, holding it out to him.

“Bunny!” Tad cried, and gave it a huge hug.

Naptime then commenced (after TWO readings of A Fish Out Of Water), and all was right with the universe.

2 Responses to “Tad Speaks – Bunny Hunt”

  1. Ressis
    July 24th, 2008 06:29

    If only Little Cousin only needed one, she opts for the whole entourage: Bunny, Hippo, Mulan, Shamu, Teddy, Dolly, Poodle, Hula girl, and Longhorn (we are in Texas after all).

  2. Aimee
    July 24th, 2008 10:13

    I hear you! We have the entourage too for my son at bed times – Blue Bear, Snow Bear, Dumbo, Cinnamon Bear-Dog (not to be confused with Cinnamon Bear)and the beloved Lamby – but the rule is only one ‘buddy’ goes out with you at a time. A mom can only keep track of so much!

    One night Lamby couldn’t be found anywhere. After searching the entire house top to bottom, we finally found him hiding amongst big sister’s buddies on the dresser. He blended right in! She said she had nothing to do with it but I’m not so sure. 🙂 At least Ane was helpful in the search for Bunny!