Skye has an interesting pastime that has won her the nickname Community Monkey. However, many people have no idea what that means and think that we are some kind of weird, simian-obsessed family. Let me enlighten you.
Skye has a habit of going into any drawer, cabinet, basket, etc., grabbing anything she can get her little hands on, and running away with it, only to put it god-knows-where until someone either finds it and says, "What is my deodorant doing in the laundry hamper?" or until someone needs the item and then proceeds to screech, "Where are my glasses? They were in my nightstand and now they are gone! You check the toybox, and I'll check the utensils drawer!" or "Where the @#*& is my phone? Someone call it! CALL IT!"
One night, we were watching one of our favorite shows, Community, when the episode hit a little too close to home. The character of Annie was missing her pen, and reacted in the following way:
The rest of the episode was spent trying to figure out who had taken the pen, until the end, when the culprit was revealed:
Needless to say, we both sat up, looked at each other and yelled, "It's Skyelar!" She probably won't really appreciate this story when she's older (what with being compared to a monkey and all that), but we are convinced that somewhere in the depths of our house, there is a secret nest made of all of the missing things that Skye has taken over the past few months.
Hence, the nickname.
It has become so commonplace to call her Community Monkey that even our 4-year-old has gotten into the habit. At any time in our house, you can hear someone saying, "Hey, Community Monkey is in your bathroom drawer again!", or "Mom, Community Monkey has your brand new, moderately-expensive hair pomade... again!" (OK, these EXACT words may not be used, but you see my point).
If you were to walk into our bathroom, there is a 95% chance that this is what you will see:
And then it is very likely that these items will disappear into the vast, unknown depths of Skye's secret stash.
We are hoping that this is just a phase that she will grow out of, and not some bizarre preparation for a future career, because while Community Monkey may be a cute nickname for an 18-month-old, it is not nearly as cute when made permanent as a prison tattoo!
Do your kids have any annoying habits that have garnered them awesome nicknames?