Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Introducing BabyHenry...

Originally uploaded by lla.

And before you ask, yep - he's finished. Or as finished as he is going to be. Allow me to explain...

I finished the body, and Schecky was smitten immediately. At this point, Henry looked something like the brown, sweater-wearing love child of Mr. Peanut and a bowling pin. With a really oversized head.
Honestly, I am not sure if I did something wrong, or if his head is supposed to be so melon-like.

Scheck announced that he loved him, he was perfect, and could he sleep with him? I replied that of course he could sleep with him, but that I would need Henry back because he needed his arms and legs.

Scheck: No.

Me: What do you mean "No?"

Scheck: No. No arms and legs. NO!

Me: Don't you take that tone with me, young man!
Oh. My. God. I did NOT just say that. At what point did I turn into someone's cranky little grandmother???

Scheck: Sorry, Mommy.
Scheck: Please don't make him have arms and legs! Please, please, please, please????

Me: Potpie*, Henry needs arms and legs. He's a bear. He looks kind of....stumpy without them.

Scheck: But I love him! I love him just the way he is! PLEASE?????

Me: Don't you think he'll be sad that he doesn't have arms and legs?

Scheck: No - because he's a baby.

Me: Ummmm - OK. < long pause > You do know that real babies have arms and legs, right?

I started to insist on making the arms and legs. And then, in the nick of time, I caught myself. I thought:
Lighten up, Frances and stop being such a control freak. You told Scheck you'd make him a bear, and since he doesn't want arms and legs - don't make arms and legs. Is that really so difficult???

Duh. Sometimes I just have to give myself a good reality check. Scheck loves him and that's the most important thing, right? And Scheck did allow me to make the ears, because how are you supposed to know it's a bear if it doesn't have ears.

So I will just embrace Baby Henry as is.

Even though he looks like a Thalidomide baby. A Hydroencephalitic Thalidomide baby.

*Scheck's other name, besides Schecky.

Henry's pattern is a Jess Hutch design.


The Caretaker said...

snap. Shecky just schooled you!

BabyHenry reminds me of Sherilyn Finn's character in Boxing Helena.

autum said...

Baby Henry looks like he is the perfect size and shape for a little one to hug!

sugar cookie said...

Well, I guess Henry IS finished!

Super cute. Love.