About a week ago, the warm weather finally arrived up here on the tundra and with it came Bud's annual long-pant-long-sleeve wardrobe entrenchment. I can't blame him, really. Around here, we stay bundled from October to May, and for the most part, even a balmy day can be followed by a blast of arctic air. You don't want to be caught with your pants... er... short.
Still, the forecast for Tuesday called for temperatures over 90 degrees, and an overheated boy means an unpleasant school day even if the boy is overheated by choice, so last weekend I started talking to Bud about his impending clothing transition. He was having none of it. His logic went something like this:
Short are for summer.
Summer starts in June.
It is still May.
Therefore, arms and legs must be covered and jackets must be worn.
But I was relentless. I talked about the importance of wearing the right clothing for the weather, regardless of what the calendar says. I wrote a social story. I asked the team at school for reinforcement. And I put a call out to friends for words of advice.
It was my friend VTBudFan who offered the best, most succinct advice - four letters, brilliant in their simplicity: WWDW?
What Would Dierks Wear?
It was my ace in the hole - my sure-fire solution if my social story went belly-up. I had no doubt that a picture of Bud's hero in shorts in May would have the desired effect.
But I never got to test the theory.
By Monday night, the social stories and conversations with Mrs. Nee had worked their magic, and Bud slept in summer-weight pajamas, with his shorts and t-shirt laid out and ready for the morning. He's been happily weather-appropriate ever since. (Interestingly, because Bud has the unsettling habit of reading my mind, I did find him in his room just a few days later, rummaging through his drawers to find a sleeveless t-shirt "like Dierks wears in 'How Am I Doin'.'")
But I'm holding that ace up my sleeve, and I'm thinking of ways that it could be adapted. WWDE? - What Would Dierks Eat? (I'm thinking broccoli.) WWDR? - What Would Dierks Read? (Chapter books, presumably.)
The possibilities are endless.