I bet you think you know the outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde. Youâ€™re picturing a sepia colored old-timey photo arenâ€™t you? With a couple, complete with Tommy Guns, grimacing back at the Kodak Box Camera.
Two grizzled Depression era baddies â€“ legends and lovers of the gangster era. Bankrobers of the Barrow gang â€“ brothers and buddies capturing Americaâ€™s attention as public enemy sweethearts No. 1. The stuff of Hollywood gold.
Back to the future here, peeps. The time is now. The place is preschool.
I went to pick up the muppets. Lola and her Dad were exiting the premises.
â€œHi Lola,â€ I smiled at the cute little blonde.
â€œHi Destroyâ€™s mommy,â€ she replied. (This was my interpretation using my elementary conversational skills in Toddler. She may have simply sneezed.)
Her dad smiled awkwardly back at me.
â€œIâ€™m the twinsâ€™ mom,â€ I explained.
â€œOhâ€¦Wait, Iâ€™m sorryâ€¦Who are your kids?â€
(Because there are so many twins? One. ONE dude â€“ there is ONE set of twins at school.)
â€œSearch and Destroy.â€
â€œWe hear a LOT about Destroy at home. Destroy? Destroy? Destroy?â€
I laughed. Becauseâ€¦well, youâ€™ve heard the tales: â€œHow was school today Destroy?â€ <coy look> â€œLola.â€
Lolaâ€™s dad eyed me suspiciously. â€œIt starts early doesnâ€™t it?â€ <forced laugh>
I can read between the lines, dude. â€œKeep your little Casanova away from my baby girl!â€
The muppets teacher heard this awkward dialogue. Turns out â€“ Destroy and Lola do spend an inordinate amount of time together every day.
In time out.
Theyâ€™re a modern day Bonnie and Clyde!
They may not be offing banks just yet. But this past weekend we hit up a buddyâ€™s birthday party. As we prepared to leave, Destroy eyed me across the room. With an evil smirk, he shimmied up the snack table. And grabbed a cake pop.
â€œDestroy!â€ I admonished.
He gave me a look that said, â€œWhat are you gonna do about this? Huh Mom? Iâ€™ll be bouncing off the walls on my sugar high by the time you get across the room to wrench this from my eager toddler grip.â€
Without breaking eye contact he shoved the entire cake pop in his mouth. And with an evil cackle, I became innately aware that my adorable detention duo would be providing yâ€™all with stories for the next several years.
And also, sorry dads. But my dudes are irresistible.