Friday, June 8, 2012
My daughter is REALLY into transportation and building equipment these days. Any type of plane, train or automobile will get her to squeal in delight. Garbage trucks, school buses, city buses, pick up trucks, cement mixers, airplanes, helicopters, bicycles, motorcycles - you name it and she's excited about it. I've never been much of a transportation girl myself. You know, it's a piece of machinery that gets you from location to another. And that's about all there is to it. But something about seeing the delight on your child's face will cause you to embrace something you might never have before.
For awhile there, I thought Harper had Spidey-Sense hearing. We'd be eating lunch and all of a sudden she'd exlaim, "Apeen, apeen!" (That's airplane for the novice transportation buff). I'd sit there thinking, "Child, you is CRAZY! There's no airplane." Sure enough, about 10 seconds later I, too, would hear the airplane. Well, now that I've had my fair share of practice, it's amazing how I can hear an airplane and get so excited about it because I know that Harps will be excited about it. I now know the difference between a bulldozer, an excavator and a farm loader. I have been known to pull a U-ey in the middle of a crowded intersection so that we can stop and observe the fuel tanker at the gas station. We've sat at the back of the grocery store just to watch a refrigerator truck back up to unload. And the 5 o'clock news traffic helicopter that passes our house around 4:34pm everyday? Don't even get me started!
Amazing how you find yourself learning something new with your child's growing interest. Who knew transportation would ever be an area of expertise I could add to my resume?