Sunday, September 07, 2008

Look, but don't touch, don't touch, don't touch!!

Little Elvis loves cars. I'm not sure if I've ever waxed poetic about this love, but it runs deep. And I'm not talking about toy cars (those are ok) or the little car thing he drives in his carseat (it's ok, most of the time), no I'm talking about real cars. My son hearts real cars.

When we head outside to play, we have to make several trips around each car before swinging or sliding.

Here he is inspecting the grill of one of our cars.

Once we took him to a playground and he spent more time -- and had more fun!-- in the parking lot.

He walks around them, studies the tires, hits on the doors, points out the letters and numbers on the license plates and the car names. He pokes at the grills and all sorts of things.

I can tell him what most of the things he points at are, but I've started saying, "thing." I tried "I don't know" and that upset him.

Bob had the brilliant idea last week to take our little car enthusiast to a fancy car show. You know the ones where people park their hot rods in front of some store on the weekend? Here they do it on a Friday night at Chick-Fil-A. (Wow, do I write about that place a lot.)

We decided to take Little Elvis to see the cars after we did our weekly shopping trip.

And he had the best time running around the cars and looking at the tires, grills, and things! But no one came over. I figured they would, but they all stayed away... and stared.

So we kept looking at cars and guessing their makes and years. Little Elvis was in Heaven. We didn't bring the camera, but trust me, the grin was huge and the dimples were deep.

After running around several cars, he headed for some souped up old blue-ish purple car and this man starts running at us yelling, "Don't touch! Don't touch! Don't TOUCH!"

I looked at Bob and said, "We weren't supposed to be touching?"

Bob shrugged. And we steered Little Elvis away from that car, instead leading him back to the regular cars in the parking lot. He was just as happy walking around our dirty 7-year-old car anyway.

There's a lesson to be learned here -- you aren't supposed to touch these cars. I'm not sure why, the cars are out for everyone to look at, you have to touch the car to get into it, and these guys probably wax those things everyday. Obviously, I know nothing about this culture.

We won't take Little Elvis back to that fancy car night. Instead, we're thinking of taking him to a car dealership next. They will let him touch the cars... right?


Blogger LaskiGal said...

A boy who loves cars . . . that is awesome. J can't stop rolling his cars everywhere!!!

It is crazy . . . wait til he figures out what those big machines are in the garage!

10:51 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I have a friend with a 3-year-old son who knows the name of every obscure car on the planet. He has a collection of over 50, and all you have to do is hold one up and he tells you exactly what it is.

I think that man at the car show was a tad uptight over his hunk of metal.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

just think...every week you could hit a different car dealership & you guys would always get the royal treatment b/c those car salesmen would just treat you all so well in hopes of you guys buying a car....

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Burp Cloth Babe said...

Isn' t it funny how they love stuff that is so boyish, and you never even teach them to??? Mini Hunk loves motorcyles~ the louder the better.
I think the car dealership would be great....go somewhere huge like Carmax and just let him go nuts. So funny! :)

10:31 AM  
Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Aw, it is too bad that no one would tell him about the cars. Crazy guys. Glad he had fun though.

12:02 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

that's a very cute, creative, and cheap outing!!!

what a fantastic way of being a part of his interests!

and wow. you'll drive the dealers crazy with "we're here for my 2 year old"... i'd love to be there! ha.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Car shows is a great idea for Little Elvis. We sure have a lot of those around here. I bet you will learn a lot about cars now!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny he loves cars so much. It's so fun seeing what interests our little ones as they grow.

10:36 AM  

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