This is Timothy's good friend, Dar. That's not his real name, but it's what Timothy called him when he was 3 and barely said 10 words! Dar is staying with us Sun-Tues while his parents are anniversary-ing. (I really believe blogging gives me the freedom to create entirely new words.) As you can see, Dar is several years older than Timothy, which has only further deepened that big brother/little brother relationship. Dar is great with Timothy, and Timothy worships Dar. Timothy was 2 1/2 when they met, and Dar's kindness and extreme patience are the only reason they had a relationship then! Thankfully, Timothy now loves computer games, plays hoops, and rides scooters with Dar (okay, not rides, but uses).
On Thurs we told Timothy Dar was coming on Sun. Understanding days of the week, Timothy broke down crying. I said, "Timothy, that's good news. Why are you so sad?" He said, "You won't give me my Dar!!!" Three days is an eternity to a 4 yr old. While Dan & I were eating breakfast this morning, Timothy came and said, "Mom, you have to come see my very clean room. There are no toys on my floor." He has never "cleaned" his room independently EVER, and when questioned later fully admitted it was for Dar's visit.
We watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium tonight, which is precious and magical. The most magical part? Timothy is terrified of movies, but since Dar brought the movie, he was open to watching it. He sat on the couch the ENTIRE movie, and even asked to watch the credits. Words can't really describe how it makes a momma feel.