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Prompt 1: They just don’t make (fill in the blank) like they used to!
I agree — my current fill in the blank is just so shoddily made. It falls apart all the time, and it just doesn’t work like it used to. I’m thinking about returning it, but I lost the receipt. I wish I had the fill in the blank I had when I was a child — that one was awesome!
(Insert riotous laughter here at my outrageously funny wit.)
Actually, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this prompt was: They just don’t make Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars like they used to. I found this out when the Little One discovered the amazing world of tiny cars. (The fact that they still cost about $1.00 is fantastic.) Once he proved he was playing with them in a serious way, Mr. Jenners decided to show the Little One his collection of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars from when he was a child. Let me tell you — Mr. Jenners’s collection of cars was WAY COOLER than anything you can find in the stores today.
I think the key is that the “older” cars (circa mid-1970s) had lots of moving parts and pieces — probably because no one worried about choking hazards back then. He has a cool circus car that spins around a lion, a tow truck with real hooks that can actually tow, a car that pops the driver up and down, and a wide assortment of race cars that have pieces that spin when you drive them. Sure they’re probably covered in lead paint and have pieces that could break off and choke a baby, but they are so much more fun! They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
Some of the cooler Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars from Mr. Jenners’ collection.
Filled with small moving pieces that could choke a child!
Prompt 4: What’s on YOUR little kids list?
After reading the post that inspired this prompt, I realized this meant a list of things that my little kid is into. And though it is subject to change without notice (usually after I’ve spent quite a few dollars indulging his latest obsession), here’s my little kid list (circa today).
- Transformers, Transformers, Transformers. Let me tell you, whoever invented Transformers is a genius who understands kids. My son immediately grasped the concept (not that it is hard — robots who can change into other things) and fell in love with all things Transformer. After some experimentation, we realized that the Cartoon Network Animated Series toys are far superior than the movie toys. We now have a little collection of Transformers that he can easily transform himself. (Thank the Lord!) But even more than the toys, he is into playing Transformers. He is Bumblebee and I am Optimus Prime. We go on missions throughout the house. The other day, we fought SharkBots on the bottom of the ocean and then traveled to the jungle to battle JaguarBots and SnakeBots. I tried to pull one over on him and introduced him to my SpotBot — but he quickly caught on that I was trying to do housework instead of devoting 100% of my waking hours to his whims and flights of imaginative fancy. And heaven forbid if the 6 pairs of Transformers underwear he has aren’t available to wear every day of the week!
- All Things God. Lately, he’s been wondering a lot about God. This started when some kids at his preschool were talking about God and how God made everything in the world. This led to tons and tons of questions that cause my brain to hurt. A small sample:
“Is God bigger than a T-Rex, Mommy?” Yes.
“Is God bigger than a brontosaurus?” Yes.
“Where does God live?” Ummmm…what do you think?
“I think he lives in the clouds.” Yes..that is right.
“God made everything, right Mommy?” Yes.
“So God made all those school buses over there?” Well, people made those school buses, but God made the people.
“How did God make the people?” Ummmm..I don’t know. You can ask your dad when we get home.
- Peeing Alone in Public Restrooms. He has suddenly demanded that I stand outside while he pees — even to the point of locking the door (which fills me with visions of me crawling under a door on a disgustingly dirty floor in the very near future). But I’m all for him being independent. (And yes … I do stand outside the door…he’s not that big yet!)
- Figuring Out Words On His Own. He’s really started to get the hang of figuring out words he sees — just in the past few days, he’s read the words FREE, BOOK, KID’S CORNER, and OIL. I’m salivating for the moment it all kicks in and he can start reading everything! Oh Harry Potter … I have a new reader for you!
And since I promised you Extra-Special-Bonus-Content, here it is — a guest post I wrote about superpowers that became activated when I became a mom — check it out over here!