June 15, 2012 by mamacravings
There is a particular puzzle that is Eli’s favorite. It is a foam floor puzzle, but more importantly it’s an Elmo puzzle.
We have tackled this puzzle together countless times. But this time was different.
This time we lacked one piece to complete the puzzle.
Eli didn’t take it as well as I thought he would. He stared at the puzzle and it’s jagged, missing edge. He looked in the box. He looked on the floor. He sighed heavily.
“Mama, where da Melmo piece?” His brow was furrowed. His arms were crossed. This could get serious.
I shrugged, “We’ll find it, little guy.”
“I look.” He jumped from the couch, and his little bare feet pattered to his room. I heard him yell, “Melmo piece! Where you go? Where you are? We find you, please?!”
After a few moments, Eli called for my help, “Mama! You find da Melmo? ‘Tome mere! I help you finds it!”
We looked in the toy basket, in the puzzle basket, in the master bedroom, in the kitchen and in the bath tub. Alas, no Elmo puzzle piece could be found.
The entire search, Eli was yelling for the puzzle piece to “‘Tome mere!” and telling the puzzle, “It ‘tay, puzzle. We find ‘da piece.”
Finally, Eli broke the bad news, “Melmo puzzle. I no finds da piece.” He patted the puzzle gently.
The case of the missing Elmo piece is still unsolved. Eventually, we will find it stuffed somewhere or hidden away in some compartment.
Until then, what a joy it is to watch my little one’s determination and sensitivity develop!