Welcome to Parenthood: Want some candy?


Belle PEZ DispenserThough I do not consider myself a collector of PEZ dispensers, I do have an assortment of the candy-disgorging hinged heads and I keep most of them on a shelf above the television in the living room. Every once in a while, I fill Batman or Spider-Man or Darth Vader with candy and give the dispenser to Kyle, who proceeds to eat every piece in a matter of about ten minutes.

Some time ago, my niece—who is, as one might expect a young girl to be, a fan of the Disney princesses—gave me a Belle 1The “Beauty” in Beauty and the Beast. PEZ dispenser. Disney princesses aren’t really my thing, 2Exception to the rule: Jasmine is hot. but it was a gift and I like PEZ dispensers so I gave Belle a place on the shelf next to Spider-Man and Chewbacca and the Unnamed Snowman.

Kyle and I have been enjoying LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on the Xbox 360, so lately the Darth Vader 3“Darf Vay-to!” says Kyle. PEZ dispenser has been in heavy rotation, but something absolutely magical happened last weekend: after R2-D2 and C-3PO 4“Artie-pee-oh!” says Kyle. escaped from the besieged blockade runner, Tantive IV, Kyle wanted some PEZ.

“Daddy,” he said. “I want some candy. I want yellow Princess Leia.”

I’ll admit that it took me awhile to parse his words, but when I finally figured out what my young apprentice wanted, my heart was filled with joy. My son looked at Belle and saw Princess Leia dressed in yellow.

That’s my boy.

1 The “Beauty” in Beauty and the Beast.
2 Exception to the rule: Jasmine is hot.
3 “Darf Vay-to!” says Kyle.
4 “Artie-pee-oh!” says Kyle.

6 responses to “Welcome to Parenthood: Want some candy?”

  1. Greg Avatar

    Pride in the child is something I get 100%. Although the geekiness has yet to emerge, I’m proud that Lia has about 55% of her ABCs at 20 months. Soon she’ll be reciting Darth Vader’s soliloquy above Endor.

    1. Kris Avatar

      @Greg — Kyle isn’t quoting Palpatine or Ackbar, but we did watch A New Hope together last weekend and I showed him the Dagobah scenes from The Empire Strikes Back because I thought he’d get a kick out of Yoda. I thought his attention would wander more than it did, and I was a little surprised at some of the questions he was asking while we watched; the way his mind works never ceases to amaze me. I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing with Lia and the more she’s able to communicate the more she’ll surprise you.

  2. Elder Bigger Lil Sis Avatar
    Elder Bigger Lil Sis

    What were the questions that he was asking???

    1. Kris Avatar

      @Seestor — A lot of the usual “who is that?” and “what’s he doing?” stuff, but I’m not quite sure he’s figured out that Darth Vader is a bad guy yet, so he asked a lot about why Vader was doing things. I’ve only shown him bits and pieces of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so he had questions about why Luke was talking to Yoda and such, too. And the “Empire” (Emperor) is another character that generates questions.

  3. Elder Bigger Lil Sis Avatar
    Elder Bigger Lil Sis

    Sounds like a gentle introduction to the Dark Side. Which is good.

    1. Kris Avatar

      @Seestor — Yes, he’s been easing into it. Or had been until Friday. Laura said he was asking questions about who was “inside” Darth Vader, and he watched the entirety of The Empire Strikes Back while I was at work. I’m not sure he quite gets it yet, but the pieces are definitely starting to fall into place.

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