The Little Phoenix
I present to you:
The Little Phoenix! Halloween 2005.
Things to note:
1)We worked on this project for a month. He wanted to be a Transformer, and they don't make Transformers costumes. Hasbro needs to get on the ball.
2)Yes, those are lights on his shoulders and on his back. They're actually small tap lights.
3)Those are laser cannons on his back, flanking the energon jetpack - they even have the laser burn marks on the muzzle of the cannons.
4)The symbol on Little Phoenix's chest signifies that he's an Autobot Transformer. The Decepticons are the bad guys.
5)I don't know if you can see it, but on his right hip, there's a little gadget with a speaker. I rigged a microphone/robot-voice changer to his robotic helmet. You should've heard him say, "Trick or Treat." The look on other kids' and parents' faces was golden.
Tomorrow (Thursday) The Little Phoenix goes in for surgery for an inguinal hernia. Poor guy. He's a little apprehensive, and when he had his consultation with the surgeon, Dr. Bell, I told him to ask the doctor any questions he had. Here are his five questions, pretty much verbatim:
Little Phoenix: Will it hurt? Will I be sore?
Dr. Bell: No, not at all. We have medicine you will take so it won't hurt.
Little Phoenix: Will I need a shot? Do I have to swallow a pill?
Dr. Bell: No, no shots or pills. You will drink some medicine that will make you feel a little goofy, and it will make you sleepy.
Little Phoenix: What does the drink taste like?
Dr. Bell: All of our children drink it, and they've never complained. So it must taste ok.
Little Phoenix: What does hospital food taste like?
Dr. Bell: Well, you won't be allowed to eat after the surgery for a while, so you probably won't be eating a full meal here in the hospital. But I hear it's pretty good.
Little Phoenix: Are you and Dr. Sterkel (his regular pediatrician) cousins?
Dr. Bell: Um, no...we are not cousins. Not that I know of anyway.
The surgery is pretty routine, and I'm sure all will go fine. It's a little scary. To be honest, the toughest part is going to be post-surgery. For 3 weeks after, my five year-old is not to engage in any sort of physical activity. No running, jumping, skipping, kicking, hopping...nothing! Lord grant me strength...
Maybe the doctor can give me some of that "relaxation medicine" so I can slip it into The Little Phoenix's chocolate milk.