We sifted through a pretty small selection of pre-painted wooden decorations. His immediate request was a great white shark (his favorite animal. Also his favorite farewell: "After Dark, Great White Shark", followed by "Bye Bye, Butterfly"). We settled for a dolphin. The dinosaur was an obvious friend of the "A".
"My favorite colors are green and purple and golden."
Finally we wound over to a wall of ribbons. He gasped at the sight of the neon orange tiger print. Has ribbon ever reached a higher state of perfection? No. It has not.
At home, I spread out some newspapers and squirted a generous puddle of paint into a plastic lid. He painted. He waited impatiently for the 2.5 minutes for it to dry. He helped apply the ribbon trim. He chose the perfect locations for his chosen friends. And then after dinner he helped hang it on his wall. This, my friends, is what PROUD looks like.