When I gave birth to a boy I was determined not to allow him to become one of those nerdy kids infatuated with Thomas The Train. Not my boy. The show is weird and boring and decidedly uncool.
So I don’t know how we got to this point…where Kainoa is the proud owner of all things Thomas and I find myself searching every corner of this house for Thomas’s friends, Spencer, Toby, Henry, and the “sometimes accident prone” Percy to appease my crying son.
I’m also convinced that the makers of this show knew small boys sometimes skip the R sound in words. I find it a little to convenient that “Percy” is often mispronounced by three year olds everywhere. Do you know what word comes out when Percy is missing his R? Think…slang term for a female body part. Yes, we just went there.
Naturally, it is my son’s favorite train. He talks loudly about Percy without the R wherever we go…in the grocery store, at Grandma’s house, on a walk, at the beach, with his friends, down a slide…you name it. Seems we’re always talking about Percy without the R in this house.
And I cringe every time.
I knew Thomas the Train was a bad idea.
There are many words that I can’t stand…but there are no words I can’t stand the way I can’t stand when there is no R in Percy.