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  Spring 2003
He picks the clothes he going to wear for the day (mostly blue), his favorite red flleece jacket has to be zippered up all the way, his cap angled just so slightly. At 2.5 years he does still require a bedtime story before bed ... The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, The Hungry Caterpillar, The Busy Spider, The Lonely Firefly, The Quiet Cricket and selections from Mother Goose. Daddy still can't get him to be even mildly interested in Peter Rabbit or any of Ms. Potter's other work. His favorite characters from video (thanks to Auntie Pat who left him a bunch of videos last winter)... Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder (or Bower in Dutch), Fireman Sam and Duke of York. And of course he can't go on too long without his steam trains dvd. You'd hear him hum a favorite song now and again when he's occupied with play ... both in English and Dutch. He seems a bit shy about speaking Dutch at home but does so without fuss at the creche.