"What did he tell you?" I asked.
"Well," Ms. Shannon replied, " I asked what was going on with his eye and he said, 'It is called a shine-a!"
She said that when asked how it happened he said, "A little boy with no pants on punched me in the face at the mall."
And as crazy as it sounds, that is exactly what happened. A three year old, partially clothed little boy sucker punched my son.
When I retold the story to my hubby, I mentioned the bully was clad in boxers. Unfamiliar with that name for underwear P said, "He WAS a boxer and he boxed me in da eye!"
UPDATED TO ADD: A couple of people asked how I handled it...and the truth is I didn't really. Unfortunately, there was a language barrier with the wild, 3 year old underwear bandit and I did not witness the exact hit. The mother was on the other side of the playground oblivious to what happened. P recovered so quickly I didn't even realize he was going to have a black eye until a few minutes later in the food court when it started swelling.
P truly handled it like a champ--and has even been somewhat proud of his 'badge.' Oh, boys...