Alex pulled the ribbon off my doorstop today. The doorstop was made by my grandmother. It’s plastic canvas wrapped around a brick. We use it to keep the gate open at the bottom of the stairs when Alex is sleeping. Anyway, this is not the first time Alex has played with it, and he’s never pulled anything off it before. Usually I put in on the 2nd step, out of his reach when the gate is closed. Because I wasn’t going to put Alex down right at the bottom of the stairs and free up my hands, I just held the stop upright with my foot and closed the gate. Later, Alex was playing with it and I suddenly realized that he had something long streaming from it. The green ribbon had become untied and he was in the process of pulling it completely off. I rescued the ribbon from my son’s hands, but I have no idea how to put it back on.

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