I found some awesome striped socks on clearance recently and Jaden has been wearing them all week. He pulls his own outfits together for school every morning and he's a whiz with them.

Today was no exception.

When Betty saw him, she thought of the word "panache" and read him the meaning from the dictionary: "a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair." We definitely all agree that Jaden has a lot of flair.

This all happened on our way to the car and so I took that picture with my cell phone. Then we got buckled in and I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the saddest face on Jaden.

Me: "What's wrong sweetie?"

Jaden: "I can't go to school. I'm really, really sick."

Me: "You're sick? What's wrong?"

Jaden: "I don't know. Nana said I have something called panache."


Of course, I explained that it was a compliment but that only made his face more sour. Lately he thinks compliments are insults but that's one of things about my kid that I haven't figured out yet.