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Tuesday, 08 April 2008

Toddler Bait

Once a year, our local volunteer Fire Department has an open house.  Our son is obsessed with fire trucks, so how could we not go? 

We felt incredibly parental - something that would never have pinged our radar BP (Before Parenthood) was the Must-Do Item of the Week.  The kid got to look at and touch fire trucks and ambulances, see the inside of the station, use a fire house (with help from a fireman), and pet the fire dog.  His favorite thing was “driving” the fire truck - he hopped right in, grabbed the wheel, and starting running down all the idiots who don’t get out of the way of emergency vehicles.

Like everything with my headstrong child though, the brightest light casts the deepest shadow:  When he figured out the truck wasn’t really going to GO anywhere, he got upset.  “I! WANT! TO! DRIVE! THE! TRUCK!!!”   So we left much earlier than we’d planned, with him kicking and screaming, and then settling into his hate-filled Damien glare.  He rallied and was Adore-aboo the rest of the day, even putting himself down for a nap, and I was glad to leave early as I was wiped out.  I have a couple photos, but they are on my phone (I forgot the camera) and the only way to get them off the phone is to email them to myself.  Bad TWC Mom!

What I don’t have a photo of, and wish I could bottle, is his new Happy Excited Interest expression.  Eyebrows go way up, eyes go wide open, mouth is open and smiling - it’s pure surprised delight, we love it, and we got to see a lot of it on Fire Truck Day.

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