Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Irrational Fear of Tigger

Elijah is terrified of Tigger these days. It's weird and almost comical at the same time. It all started when he freaked out over a Tigger like this a few years back. He was about Leah's age at the time. We also had a Tigger like this, that didn't elicit quite the same amount of fear in the beginning. Hokey Pokey Elmo didn't elicit warm fuzzy feelings from Elijah either. So, when I was pregnant with Leah, I packed up a bunch of stuffed animals into storage containers and put them in the closet. The offending singing, dancing, mechanical cartoon characters were among those in storage. Then one day a few months ago, we were watching home movies of Hannah dancing with Hokey Pokey Elmo. Elijah thought they were funny, so I unpacked him and the Tiggers. Around Halloween Elijah started having nightmares about Tigger... So, last week I gave away all the offending Tiggers and Elmo. However, I kept one large stuffed Tigger that I got in high school, but I tucked it away on a high closet shelf. Tonight, Elijah spied that Tigger and totally freaked out! He may never forgive me for not getting rid of ALL the Tiggers.