Tucker, my sweet son and prince of potty training success, is quite enamored with the process and the opportunity to make multiple visits to the restroom inside every restaurant, grocery store, and home we visit.
But he has given me a new experience every time we visit one. He has a special awareness for each potty: he believes they have feelings. (I'm not kidding.)
Without exception, he peeks into the toilet bowl and immediately declares how that potty is feeling today. (Seriously.)
If the toilet has recently been flushed, and water is still streaming down the insie of the bowl, he says, "Oh, he is sad. He needs his mommy."
But he also judges the emotions based on the shape of the opening at the bottom of the bowl. For example, this potty is angry.
Tucker took one look, literally leapt backwards, and said, "Oh! Mad!" He growled.
And according to Tucker, this potty is surprised. Can't you tell?
Of all the lessons I anticipated learning from my children, I did not foresee the knowledge of potty empathy.
(He is one funny boy.)