This is the look of trouble about to happen
Notice the form and focus on his mission
He uses it to help himself to piano practice
And who doesn't need a little help getting on that first stair?
Simultaneously unlocking the front door and turning the hall lights on off on off on off....
Helping himself up on top of his table which is followed by a lovely dance jig before not so gracefully falling off the edge
And one of my favorites: helping himself to a "dink" by holding down the water lever and then licking his wet fingers while gigantic puddles pool onto the floor
And he can always figure out the exact combination of buttons to push on the cable box so it goes into the "boot" menu and requires a full reprogramming.
And after a hard day of repairs and climbing, sometimes the tool box is just the perfect place to take a break.
As I am writing this entry sitting on a bar stool, a little hand just reached around me to help himself to a handful of chips from the bag sitting open on the counter. And of course I look down to find Eli standing on his tippy toes, atop his beloved tool box munching away with such a look of satisfaction on his crumb-filled little face. And I can't help but laugh because after all, aren't we always trying to teach our children self-sufficiency?