Our dear friend Tony bought Patrick this shirt last year. Then, it was too big; now, it fits perfectly and it’s Patrick’s favorite thing to wear.
He now thinks his full name is “Patrick the Soccer Player.” In fact, this came up in an unusual way last weekend, when Molly had one of those terrifying-for-two-minutes experiences that every parent has: She lost Patrick at the Farmer’s Market. When she found him, crying and being comforted by another mom, she realized that we’ve never taught him what to do if he gets lost. Neither child knows our cell phone numbers, for example. So, walking back to the car, she started questioning him. When he was lost, did he tell the other mom his name? “Yes. I’m Patrick the Soccer Player.”