My son’s Navin R Johnson…ness

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I’ve noticed that whenever my 3 year old leaves the house, he quickly begins collecting items that he’ll “need” for wherever we’re going. This morning, before heading to grammie’s house, he needed his fire helmet, a police badge, a purple marker, a cowboy hat, a small brown piece of paper, a paperclip, a pirate hat and his blanket.

Reminds me of Navin R Johnson in the Jerk when he is being forced out of his house (from IMDB.com):

Navin R. Johnson: Well I’m gonna to go then! And I don’t need any of this. I don’t need this stuff, and I don’t need *you*. I don’t need anything. Except this.
[picks up an ashtray]
Navin R. Johnson: And that’s the only thing I need is *this*. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray… And this paddle game. – The ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need… And this remote control. – The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need… And these matches. – The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball… And this lamp. – The ashtray, this paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that’s all *I* need. And that’s *all* I need too. I don’t need one other thing, not one… I need this. – The paddle game and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches for sure. Well what are you looking at? What do you think I’m some kind of a jerk or something! – And this. That’s all I need.
[walking outside]

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3 Responses to “My son’s Navin R Johnson…ness”

  1. Dan Berg Says:

    Great story. It reminds me of times long ago. My boys are 18 and 22 now but they both were alot like your son. The Jerk is awesome!!

  2. Trav Says:

    You need to channel that Navin R Johnson-ness into some MacGuyver-ness. You pick him up from Grammie’s and the formerly “fire helmet, a police badge, a purple marker, a cowboy hat, a small brown piece of paper, a paperclip, a pirate hat and his blanket”, is now transformed into a Satellite TV receiver capable of picking up 500 channels. It’s all about the next step!

  3. Trav Says:

    And, by the way, the stuff gets more interesting as they get older: I cleaned out Jack’s backpack and it was filled with your normal stuff you need for 3rd grade: a football, 2 wrestling action figures, silly bands, a program from the Wave game, and his goalie gloves. I am surprised he could fit his school folder in there.

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