It's official, I've become a paleontologist. No, it's not a degree I just completed but an activity I have to do almost daily as one of my daddy duties - search for a dinosaur.
I'm not getting knee-deep in dirt digging for fossils as this search involves our 2-year-old's toy dinosaur. This work is mostly made up of questions such as "Where did you last see your dinosaur?"
Oh wait, if you hear it from his mouth it's his "dinofoe."
So after a few repeated questions from him such as "Where dinofoe go?" we start the search. It's amazing how many places a lost toy can hide - and what things you find when you start turning things over.
One day last week it was all hands on deck in the search throughout the house for this plastic 5-inch toy he got from one of his buddies. Well, it didn't turn up at all during the initial search. We later found out that the toy was left outside overnight.
Luckily, plastic toy dinosaurs are tough - much tougher than those real ones which tend to become extinct at the drop of a hat.
Added to the toughness for this dinosaur is it is known to have a dangerous roar (OK, it comes from the 2-year-old).
In fact the roar can come from the kid if he has a dinosaur toy in his hand or not.
He's even learned to make other inanimate objects roar. I've heard his baby doll now roar through the house.
That is one angry baby doll.
Roaring is also fun for him to pass the time on a car ride, too.
We now make sure to keep close tabs on this dinosaur as we know just how easily it can be misplaced.
I'm sure he'll move on to another favorite toy in a week or so, but for now my house is like the beginning of "Jurassic Park" - always on the search for a dinosaur.
Here's hoping his next favorite toy is bigger or glows, so it will be easier to find and I can give up this paleontologist gig.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org