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Rage Against the Pants III: Attack of the Long Johns

December 13, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
Today was the day I'd been dreading ever since my son got so picky about his clothes. The first below-zero day when he would need to leave the house.

For those not familiar with Rage Against the Pants parts I and II, my three-year-old has clothes issues. It started with his refusing to wear any sort of pants in the summer, then no clothes for sleeping. The cooler weather helped cure most of that, but I knew long underwear, snowpants, hats, boots and gloves were going to be an epic battle.

He must have sensed it the moment he got up this morning. It was long and there were tears on both sides. Those who complained about the 20-minute fight scene in one of the Star Wars movies would have been reminded of it in my house this morning. It seemed to have the same fight moves over and over. Shove, kick, shove, kick, squirm, cry, struggle, shove, squirm... Yes, thank goodness for the late start, because I was half an hour later getting out than what I had planned.

Some may ask, "Does anyone really win in war?" On this front, I can say yes I did. I do no victory laps though: he got long-johned and snowpanted, but I lost with the boots. Just when I thought I was secure and was running to get him in the car seat before he could get the series of zippers and straps undone, he did a little foot shimmy, and the boots went flying. I had to settle for shoes. They got kicked off in anger - pure spite on his part. But he left his socks on. That was a true victory, since I couldn't even get socks on him two months ago. So perhaps below-zero weather is good for something. (I'd still take a pass for a trip back to Florida right about now though).

I am hoping this Rage trilogy is coming to an end. But I know this is only the beginning with this headstrong boy. What type of rage will I see if the occasion calls for a suit and tie? Will he try to sport sneakers with his tux at prom? And the experimental teen and college years, egads!!

These small battles may be done, but the war I'm sure will rage on.


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