Monday, March 15, 2010

Playing in the Dirt

From the time Kirk was tiny, little metal cars have been a huge part of our lives. Kirk spent hours playing with them – his cars would crash into each other, talk to each other, call for help and rescue each other. He taught Maggie to play and they created elaborate villages, complete with homes, businesses, farms, and lots of roads.

When Fastest Runner in the World was born, Kirk and Maggie were pretty protective over their car towns and didn’t want him to destroy them. Gradually they worked to “train” him and taught him not to walk on the roads or drag his knees through parking lots. Eventually he earned the right to have his own house and business in their towns (instead of way, way out of town).

Then came Monster Truck. They balked at allowing him to join in, “Mom, he’ll wreck our houses and crawl on all of the roads!” Even Fastest Runner joined in the complaints. I had to remind them that he must be trained, just like Fastest Runner was. “If he doesn’t start early, it will be harder to teach him,” I said.

Today, FRitW and MT built their first town. They used the trusty “road maker” created by Kirk and built roads, a mountain, desert, South Dakota, and houses. They built it all over the part of the garden yet to be planted. Kirk made sure I saw their creation. I stood and watched them for a while, listening to conversations so similar to ones I listened to ten years ago when Kirk and Maggie were this age.

What a beautiful way to start this week!


mimi said...

Isn't it funny how no matter how time passes, some things never change. I remember when Uncle Rich was just like that and now he'll soon be 37. How time passes. Fun pictures. Thanks for sharing.

love, mom

Deb said...

They seem to be working pretty hard. Are you sure you don't want to change the title of this post?