I’ve been delinquent in sharing updates about Pappy. Here is the latest.

Pappy lives in a house made of windows. He got sucked up in a tornado and went to space to get away.

March 10

Pappy taught me how to turn my pajamas inside out. He is a real cool science teacher. He taught me everything about how to be a ninja.

March 11

Pappy played Legend of Zelda with me when I was 2. He was the big guy with the fists at the volcano (Goron) and I was Zelda. It was a 2 player game.

March 11

It has become a pattern that Pappy invents his own stuff and has repeated run-ins with tornadoes. More to come…

I’d like to claim this as a quarantine project, but it started January 31. Off and on progress, I’d estimate we spent 8-10 hours building. Finished on the ides of March.

Biggest challenge was keeping little guy engaged when building little widgets and low-level components. Second biggest challenge was a small gear falling out of the dead center, and trying to put it back without a complete teardown (involved tweezers and a second set of hands). All in all, this was very fun and I look forward to doing another one.

Our kid is in imaginary friend stage. The thing is, his imaginary friend is named Pappy. Pappy is his other dad.

Pappy is constantly one-upping us, his actual parents. Pappy lives on a lake with his pet shark, Hammy. Pappy’s house is a little bigger than our new house, but “not as big as a building. It’s like 68 meters tall.”

Very matter-of-fact, as I was walking out of his room after saying goodnight, he called me back to tell me something. “I need you to go tell Mommy this: Pappy robbed a bank and then he had to go to jail. Ok, goodnight Dad.”

Anyway, watch this space for further Pappy updates, to find out how he has humiliated us this time.

The little man is starting to have strong opinions about what we play and read and listen to and watch. And while I have been able to steer his tastes in the past, he has started making his own picks too.

Sometimes I can steer those as well; he likes the newest Thor and Spider-Man movies, and we got him a 12-inch tall Hulk action figure that he treats like a baby doll.

Sometimes he misses big. He found and made us watch a Netflix show that appears to be just a GoPro mounted on the front of a passenger train through Norway. It is 7 hours long.

But his most recent pick is a winner. It’s called Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, and it is basically a French CG mix of Sailor Moon and Spider-Man. It has the odd rhythm of a dubbed show, and he loves the repetitious transformation sequences. I appreciate a show like this being given some production value, and we can’t wait to start season 2 which dropped this week.