Jack and his security blanket, "dandy", have been inseperable for years. Dandy has riden his bike, played in the sand box, gone on vacations, been through potty training, and been in bed with him every single night since he was less than a year old. Dandy is the reason we dumped our first preschool program. (They were NOT dandy friendly.)
Dandy has been the best friend a boy could have.
Every time I took Jack to school I would leave him there, holding Dandy, and would pick him up in the afternoon and find him still holding Dandy. This year when school started I put Dandy in his backpack so he could get it if he wanted it, but it would be a little more "out of sight, out of mind".
He has needed it a few times, but less than a handful of times at that.
Last Friday we were running terribly late to school and Dandy was left at home for the first time. Jack worried about it a little on the way, but when we picked him up from school in the afternoon he proudly reported, "I didn't need Dandy today!"
Which was followed immediately by, "Mom, did you bring Dandy for sleeping while we are camping?"
Of course I did baby.
So this morning we are getting ready for school and I asked Jack to stuff Dandy in his backpack.
He didn't do it.
I asked again.
He answered with, "Mom, I don't think I need Dandy for school today."
So Jack is at school today without Dandy.
And while I am super, super proud of him* this mama needs a minute to compose herself.
*And of us too to be honest. I still sucked my thumb when I was 12, clearly Jack is feeling very secure.