“I WANT MANGO. I WANT MANGO. I WANT MANGO. I WANT MANGO. I WANT MANGO.”
Aidan has an addiction.
Can you guess what is?
2yo Aidan: “I WANT BA NA NA!
Me: (Gets one) “Ok… here banana!”
Aidan: “No, not that one!”
Me: (Gets same one) “Ok… banana!”
Aidan: “Not that one!”
Sigh. An hour later
Aidan: “May I have banana!” Some tears.
Me: (Gets SAME one) “Ok… this banana?!”
Aidan: “Mmmmm… ok.” Peels himself, returns to smash toys into each other.
Being a Dad isn’t too hard.
Then he discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. For a while we had almost every available aluminium train in the series, most which magnetically connect end to end. That included a boat on a carriage and the fat-controller in his car, both non-magnetic!
A year ago Paw Patrol was spotted on ABC iView. Thanks to his grandmother every character is a stuffed toy in Jai’s bed AND she created a large Paw Patrol patterned pillow case. It is still his favourite and carries him off to dreams of firefighting dogs each night.
• Andy’s Historic Adventures.
It is fun to watch him make dinosaur bones out of duplo, a tall T-Rex with his teepee, and a Time Machine with a milk-crate and training-clock. I have also created Andy’s techno-tablet using plastic lid and stick-on velcro!
The only suffering we have to endure is involuntary coercion to be Museum staff!
To date there have been no AHA franchise toys and books added into toy collection. Whew.
I only hope our boys can part with all these toys when the the day comes. There’s only so much toys a house can hold and a parent can endure!
Jai has a new favourite kids program:
Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.
Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, then brings back something for the museum he works within.
So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine‘. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.
Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet.
I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going!
Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain.
But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.
I don’t usually post photos here. But Jai drew his concept of a forest this morning – and I was immediately hit with an idea for a conservationist advertisement:
“When the current generation thinks this is a forest, we must be doing something wrong.
Help stop excessive delogging. Help replant trees around the world.
Ensure your kids have fresh air and somewhere to live.”
The first time I saw STAR WARS was at the Murray Bridge Drive-In, somewhere between 1982-1986.
Interestingly it is one of lots of moment in my life that remains a strong visual memory:
My stepbrothers and I lay in the back of a Toyota Lite-Ace Van, watching tie-fighters chase X-wing-fighters across the starry black sky. Sci-Fi stories had jumped off the page into our minds.
Now it makes me smile that the EIGHTH episode of the epic is under production for release in 2018.
Jai will be seven-years-young by then, ready to keep the fan-base alive.
Let’s hope his mummy is OK by then for him to see it.