I assumed the notion was a fleeting one, after several days with no further mention of it. This morning, after his mother exasperated him yet again with her unreasonable demands (that he and his brothers clean up the mess they had made), he announced to Daddy and me (during our morning tea) that he had decided to "expedite my time frame on moving out" (his words). "I was originally considering making my move in a couple months, but I've decided that I'll do it in a couple weeks." I (helpfully) suggested that if he was already expediting it, perhaps he should move out today. He emphatically agreed that if I would help him set up his tent, he would be moved out by this evening. Though his original plan was to erect his new home in the horse pasture, I was able to convince him that the pine tree (right by the house in the backyard) would offer lovely shade for his afternoon solo reading time, and he agreed it was, hence, the preferable location.
He assured us that moving out would help cool his irritation. I (helpfully) suggested that it was quite likely to freeze his irritation (with the temps well below 32 degrees F.). He moved all his nightly belongings (and a couple favorite books + lanterns) into his new house and christened the home by successfully taking an afternoon nap in there. He informed me upon his post-nap return that it was helping him to be a man and think like a man.
As the darkness engulfed our evening and the chill in the air began getting a firmer foothold, he boldly claimed that he was ready and exited to the great unknown. 23.5 minutes later, he confidently strode back in and stated that it was "actually rather disturbing out there, all by myself, with the coyotes howling. If the silence wasn't so obvious, it would have been easier." Oh, you wise man. No shame in being sensible and in finding comfort in what you know to be true. :-) This man is intensely... everything that he is. I just stare at him all the time, in absolute awe and persistent delight.
Showing his brothers his new digs.
The man and his belongings ready for departure.
The new house.
Where the wild things grow...