The other day Eric found a Cordelia sized jean jacket. He was really excited about it. I thought the jacket was cute, but I didn't fully understand until Eric started talking about his jean jacket from childhood with a certain misty nostalgia. I guess he would apply cool rock patches and he felt pretty awesome. Naturally he wanted the same for his girl...or some sweetened toddler version of that.
Yesterday we ran to our local craft/sewing shop and looked for some patches that were both cool and 2 year old approved. I say we, but this was really a project for Eric and his girl, I just bore witness. I watched as Eric gave her plenty of patch options without trying to impose his own will on her. Cordelia chose several patches for her jacket settling on a robot, some white stars and a girlie skull and cross bones---she said it was just like a pirate. I had been reading her a pirate book earlier in the day and when I used my most impressive pirate voice she gave me a concerned look and said, "Easy now, easy now." Anyway, it wasn't a huge surprise to see the pirate theme again with our girl.
When we got home I gave our gal a bath while Eric set to work on his project of adhering the iron on patches in just the right configuration. When the bath was done I put on her pajamas (we call them jim jams for the record) and she rushed to her father to inspect his handiwork. Wow, she was super impressed and over the moon. She put the jacket on over her jim jams and ran to the mirror, turning to inspect the patches from all angles.
The results are a sweet collaboration and so much more personal than a plain old jacket! She is feeling pretty proud of herself this morning and is very excited to show her grandparents her new jacket.