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This poem was inspired by the "de-aged" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest and the Day 6 challenge for [community profile] snowflake_challenge. It belongs to the series Love Is For Children. The mind jars were suggested by Ducky.

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"If They Could Just Stay Little ..."


Tony Carter is precious,
and Uncle Phil treasures
every minute with him.

On game night, all the Avengers
switch down to their younger selves,
making up for lost time and
missed opportunities.

In some ways, Tony Stark
carries the most weight, even with
Pepper running Stark Industries now --
everyone wants a piece of him
and there's not enough to go around.

The ageplay lets him relax, unwind,
let out a part of himself he rarely shows.

There is honesty and insight
along with the mischief.

Tony instigates a duel with Clint
that involves guns which fire
marshmallows and potatoes.

Phil makes them clean up the ammunition
and reminds them to play nicely.

Tony climbs on Steve and Bucky
as if they are playground equipment,
and when Phil tries to shoo him off,
they just laugh and say they're used to it.

Phil imagines a tiny Steve
doing the same to Bucky, and
does not try to intervene again.

Tony and Betty team up to build
a catapult from Legos that launches
Astronaut Barbie toward the ceiling.

They are still trying to make a parachute
that will land her on her feet.

Tony eyes Natasha with wary respect
and does not pester her while
she is curled on the couch
reading a children's book.

Phil watches, but Tony is good,
and that's a relief.

Tony gets Bruce all excited
running in circles and
bouncing on the furniture,
until Bruce flops onto the floor
with his sides heaving and
his heartbeat maybe a bit higher
than is strictly advisable.

"Let's do a craft next," Uncle Phil says
as he brings up the instructions on his StarkPad.
knowing how much Bruce loves meditation.
"We're each going to make a mind jar."

Phil sends Bucky to fetch
an assortment of small containers
made from Tony's unbreakable crystal.
Meanwhile Uncle Phil lays out food coloring
plus a wide assortment of glitter and sequins.

"If I may suggest glycerine as well as glitter glue,"
JARVIS says, "that may yield more stable results."

Bucky comes back with a whole box of supplies,
including jars of different sizes and the glycerine.

"Choose your colors," Phil says
as the littles sort through various jars.

"Red and gold," Tony says at once.

"Red isn't very soothing,"
Phil points out.

"Just make the solution yellow,
with gold and red glitter," Bruce says,
and Tony likes that idea.

Bruce himself wants purple, and so does Clint.
Natasha wants red, but allows Clint
to soften it to a red-violet.
Betty chooses pure pink.

"Can I have three colors?" Steve asks.

"Of course," Phil says. "If you choose
different sizes of glitter for each,
they should settle at different rates."

So Steve winds up with big red flakes,
smaller holographic silver, and superfine blue
all suspended in clear fluid.

Bucky mixes a deep blue liquid
with midnight glitter that has
just a bit of the silver mixed in.

The littles lie on the floor watching
their bottles and jars slowly clear.

When they are satisfied with the timing
of the glitter settling, Phil helps them
to seal the containers closed
so that nothing can spill.

Then Bruce discovers that somehow
a green sequin has gotten into his purple glitter
so he wants to reopen the jar and take it out.

"Hey, no, don't do that," Tony says.
"Watch what it does." He shakes the jar,
sets it down, and then points to the bottom.
"See? That one is always the first thing to settle."

From that point on, Bruce is mesmerized by it.

"Tony Carter, you are a genius,"
Uncle Phil murmurs, hugging him.

* * *

Notes:

"If they could just stay little 'til their Carter's wear out" is a slogan from a maker of children's clothing.

Toy paratroopers are popular, but you can put a parachute on almost anything.

Mind jars are useful for meditation or science experiments.

Glitter comes in many styles, including holographic. For making mind jars, get a good kind of craft glitter glue, which works better than cheaper varieties.

Color symbolism suggests that cool colors are more soothing than warm ones. However, it's more important to have a meditation jar that looks pretty to the person using it.

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Date: 2015-01-06 06:40 pm (UTC)
lightbird: http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/ (Gators gonna gait)
From: [personal profile] lightbird
Lovely. :)

YAY

Date: 2015-01-06 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm so glad to see something from the "Love is for Children" 'verse!! This was really enjoyable too. I loved the mind jars. I see where they would have many benefits.

Sincerely,
firstar28

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Date: 2015-01-06 10:56 pm (UTC)
thnidu: glowing light bulb. tinyurl.com/33j2v8h (light bulb)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Hmm!

Maybe I'll make myself one. Or two.
Do you mix the glycerine in with the glue?

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Date: 2015-01-07 03:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Oh, I love this so much.

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Date: 2015-01-08 12:58 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love this so much! Little Tony is absolutely adorable, and I love the nod to the Hulk in the Mind jars!
~A

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Date: 2015-01-09 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
This is lovely.

Glitter jars are really hard to get right. We have several in the house that *mostly* work. Rubynye made them using plastic peanut butter jars and plastic vitamin bottles (the Disney ones are a pretty shape) and glued the lids down really thoroughly.

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Date: 2015-01-10 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ephany
I am so so happy to see a new story in this set. I love the family bonding and all the emotions. Mind jars I've never heard them called that in the infant toddler workshop they called them sensory bottles and we used dish soap or baby oil depending on what effect we wanted.

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Date: 2015-01-11 11:54 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm very glad to see a new installment of this 'verse! I've missed it a lot these past months. And I'll definitely look into maybe making my own mind jar, it seems a lot of fun :)

Evangel (from ao3)

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Date: 2015-01-11 11:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
EEEE I can't believe I missed this one! So much cute--and YES BRUCE ACCEPT YOURSELF.

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Date: 2015-01-22 03:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Super cute! And so happy to see you updating this series! :D

-RockafellaSaint

thank you thank you thank you!

Date: 2015-01-28 12:49 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm shy about posting, but I just had to say thank you for posting something in the Love Is for Children series. I have really missed the "littles," in particular Tony.

Also, I think you write JARVIS and Hulk perfectly!

Yay

Date: 2015-01-31 06:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am glad to see Love is for Childern continue. I really love all of your stories that deal with Tony
Sarah

How did I miss this one?

Date: 2015-05-24 06:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Augh! Must re-read.

(Scarpers off, scans poem three more times.)

Yep, it's perfect.


THANKS!

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Date: 2015-05-26 03:47 am (UTC)
jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
From: [personal profile] jeshyr
Ohhhhh I didn't see this until now - it's perfect!!

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Date: 2015-06-01 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Somehow I not spotted that there was more 'Love Is For Children' stuff until just now. I am so glad! I'd really missed this series!

This was lovely. I particularly liked Bruce's jar and the green sequin. ^_^

~Anony-mouse

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