Jordan got so infuriated the other night he took off his pants. And his diaper.
This is what happens when he gets mad. He's all, "I'll show you! I'll just take off my pants right now! See if I don't!"
I'd seen it during the daytime with the pants, but not at night. Not diaper and all.
He was, ostensibly, angry because we wouldn't let him take a sippy cup of milk to bed. Even though he never goes to bed with milk.
He lay in bed yelling, "Milk time! Miiiiilk time!"
Now, if he'd been yelling, "Milk! Milk! Milk for the morning cake!" I'd have been amused. As it was, I was not.
We ignored it.
I went in later because he was sobbing. I walked in and he said, "I took off my diaper! Put my diaper on!"
And there it was, lying in a corner of his crib. So I picked him up (no small feat t this point) and hugged him and got him a clean diaper.
He didn't actually want his pants and diaper off. The diaper is the final straw. It's his grand gesture. Less effective when you're alone, you know?
It's never occurred to me to take off a piece of clothing in anger. Drunkenness, sure. Anger? Never. In anger I throw mean, hateful words. And stomp and slam. But not things, certainly not clothing.
I have to assume he gets it from Nick.
Because now that I think about it, several years ago, Nick and I had that terrible fight on the corner of 17th Street about where to put the washer and dryer, which wasn't actually about the washer and dryer. And he took off his jacket and threw it on the ground. And then his tie. Slammed them onto the sidewalk.
While it's not my choice of behavior, it's a pretty effective expression of frustration and rage.
Whereas pants removal, as an adult, not so much. Can you imagine?
You're at the office, and you get into a disagreement with a colleague who makes you insanely angry. Or you get into a car accident where the other person is at fault and belligerent. You both get out.
Tempers flare. And then you get to the point where you have nothing more to say, you're just that mad.
You are fuming. You've hit your point. That is it: YOU'LL SHOW THEM. YOU'LL JUST TAKE. YOUR. PANTS. OFF!
AND. YOUR. UNDERWEAR!
HA! SO THERE!