Years ago, during the local Grape Day Festival, Thatboy got Thatkid a tie-dyed shirt. Which Thatkid wore to death and loved and eventually outgrew. The next year we returned to the festival to get him another, but the shirt vendor did not reappear.
We've been on the hunt for a tie-dye shirt ever since. It's a funny thing because Thatkid likes tie-dye because it's so bright and colorful, the same reason Thatboy loves tie-dye shirts. And always has.
There are some personality traits that seem to be innately passed down. Quirks and things that just stand out to you. Like the other night when he told me he was afraid of the dark because he was afraid someone was going to break into the house and steal him. Which is the same fear I had as a child! But his love of color definitely comes from his father.
What's more, there's absolutely nothing cuter than the fact Thatkid wants to dress like his dad. They own one matching shirt, and Thatkid makes sure he wears it whenever Thatboy pulls it out.
He also makes sure he has shorts the same color as Thatboy, so at least their shorts can match if their shirts don't.
This story culminates in our weekend find. We headed to the US Sand Sculpture challenge and had managed to park right in front of a vendor who was selling tie-dye shirts. Before you could say "The Grateful Who?"......
Thatboy asked if I thought it was silly that he and Thatkid got matching shirts. I didn't and I don't. It makes both of them so happy, and really, isn't that what it's all about?