The eldest Micronack has suffered a significant loss this week. Sadly, while we were cavorting on the beach on Easter Sunday, Finny's Thomas engineer hat got lost. We're not even really sure when it happened--we just know that it was super windy that afternoon, and as I was changing Finny out of his cold, soaking wet clothes into some dry ones, the hat disappeared in the blustery chaos. It's not just Finny who's bummed out. We are all sad. That hat is just as much a part of Finny as his buddy Leo! No exaggeration, he's worn it all day every day for almost a year. There was some justified frowning and pouting from our boy on the way home, and Dad-o and I had to start thinking about how we would replace his cherished cap.
We found a decent substitute online, and ordered it right away. It's not exactly the same, but it does have Thomas on the front and the railroad crossing sign on the sides. As Finny and I were discussing our trip to the beach last night at bedtime, I asked him what his favorite part of the day was. He enthusiastically replied "going into the water!," and then quickly and somberly followed up with "But losing my Thomas hat was not so good." I agreed with him, and assured him that we'd found a new one and it should arrive in the mail within the next few days. I said "It's not exactly like your old one, but I think you'll like it." He looked at me, smiled, and said, "I think I'll like it, too."
The upside is that we get to enjoy the rare treat of seeing Finny's beautiful blond wavy hair until the new hat arrives.