Our trip to Charlotte, NC is where we learned of our 2-year-old son’s affinity for tall blonde girls. Thankfully, he chooses the under age 8 girls, but still. It happened one night at the Marriott Residence Inn near South Park Mall. We were enjoying our complimentary spaghetti and meatball dinner, when he spotted her. She was about 6 or 7 years old, blonde, bobbed hair, adorable little southern belle.
He couldn’t take his eyes off her, not even to eat. She caught him staring at her and began a game of peek-a-boo with him. Oh, he was hooked! He laughed so hard, tears were streaming down his face. I had to schedule a play-date with her later that night so he would eat his dinner.
She and her mom came by our room about a half hour later and he let her do one of his sticker books! Now, this is getting serious. He tripped on something and bumped his head, just a little bonk. But when I went to check to see if he was hurt, he pushed me away saying, “I’m fine Mom”. Mom? He’s calling me Mom at 2 yrs old? Oh my.
Soon it was time for her to go, and he cried as soon as that door closed, but not before. We had already made plans to get together the next day, but having only a vague concept of time, that was little consolation. The next day she had to leave before our play date, but did stop to say good-bye. I was a tiny bit relieved to not have to see my son become a teenaged toddler again, but he was sad, and so was I.
The next day at the park he spotted another blonde, this time about 4 yrs old. He had moved on.
If this trend continues through high school, I’ll have to tell him he doesn’t need to be so selective about hair color and to go for personality instead. As a hairdresser, I can turn any hair color blonde.