28 February, 2013

It's all about cars, now

My sonny boy likes books and playing chef and doing jigsaw puzzles. He likes having conversations with Talking Tom, making pretend phone-calls and playing with water. But there's another interest that taking shape slowing and surely and becoming really solid - Cars.

Last year when my best friend was visiting I remember hearing her ask him to show her his cars. I didn't hear what he said, but I heard 'aunty' say, I don't believe you. Boys and not having cars?' He was probably fooling around or just playing dumb (like he likes doing when he doesn't want to do something). He has cars, ok, quite a few at that. At least much more than daddy had when he was a kid.

Boys can never have 'too many' cars

I remember the first ever cars that became his. It was his first birthday and there they were: three of them. Two out of the three were radio cars and the 12-month old did not know how to play with them. He only wanted to hold them. You know you played with them. ;) No prizes for guessing that.

Over the next two years, things changed quite a bit; more cars have been added to the list. Or maybe I should just say vehicles, because the collection includes Tow Mater, Sarge, Fillmore, a wooden school bus and even an auto rickshaw, to name a few. Now the game of the season is lining them up; he calls it 'Parking cars.' Sometimes they're on the Sofa and so there's little room for us to park our behinds. Sometimes they're parallel-parked or perpendicular-parked on the floor, so close to the sofa that when I put my feet down after I'm done watching some TV, something or the other pokes my poor soles and makes me scream. I look down and feel like a Giant in Radiator Springs.


Last year, Daddy thought the time had come to realise his SUV dream. So as the homework and test drives were being done, Littlebigman was all eyes and ears; quietly taking note of a whole lot of car-related terms and vomiting it all out crazily. From then on, he's been surprising us every now and then with the automobile-knowledge he's been soaking up without anybody's knowledge.

Since the car-hunt episode, the craze has gone up a few notches. He's been talking 'makes and models,' and playing 'spot-the-differences' between the "sv" and what has now become the 'old car.' (It's the questions that follow that make me want to pull all my hair out.) :)  He also keeps an account of who has what car; that includes all his acquaintances and his friends at pre-school.

Maybe it is because little mister is the owner of a parking-lot-of-cars; one day as were getting into the car after school, he very-disappointingly remarked, "We have ONLY two cars at home." :-\
 Ah! boys -- big and small -- can never have too many cars, can they?

It's all about cars now

These days when we go out for walks, we are not looking at the trees and birds. But identifying cars. It's all about bokswagon, Toyoda, Mitchibuchi...and the list goes on.

The other day, I was telling the three year old that one of mommy's friends is in town along with her family, and that we should invite them to lunch sometime. The kid loves having people at home, so generally when I tell him things like this, he wants to know when they'll come,  what we're going to cook and all of that. This time however, busy-little-man looks up, knits his eyebrows and asks, 'Uhmmm...what car do they have?'


It's a guy-thing, I guess. :)

38 comments:

  1. so true! Boys can never have enough cars. My younger son is completely obsessed with them :).

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    1. You must know that better with two boys (no, 3 ;))under your roof, right? :)

      I know this is only the beginning. :)

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  2. Your sonny boy knows his priorites right as a toddler , Divya:)

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    1. I guess he does. It's like having hit an important milestone. :)

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  3. its totally a guy thing!! i have two sons, aged 9 and 3 and you'd have to be really lucky not to trip over a car in our house and yes they are quick with getting all the models right too!!

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    1. Looks like it. :)
      Tell me about tripping and stepping over those little things on wheels! Take care of your feet, little princess.

      Thank you for coming by. Loved your flower poem; so nicely written. :)

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    1. :) I'm sure.
      Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. That was so sweet. Excellent piece of writing. From How they do that

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    1. Now that's a sweet comment.
      Thank you, Always Unlucky (always unlucky? Seriously?)

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  6. I think I remember you now. We're related, right? And you were staying in TVM for a while, for some project, and you used to come over to my place? Am I right? :)

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    1. You're so right, D. :) I did come down to TVM to do a couple of internships (at a travel mag and at Indian Express)

      Did I tell you you look gorgeous in those wedding photographs? You do. :)

      My regards to Chandran uncle and aunty and a big Hi to Lakshmi, ok.

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  7. hahahaa...that's total obsession!! His innocence is brilliant, I hope that it stays with him for a long time ...he's cute...very cute, divya! Give him a hug from my side :D
    Lovely...

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    1. :D I know...sounds like he's being so judgemental of people, right? (In the part where he asks, 'What car do they have?') :)

      Thank you Panchali di.

      And yes maam! He gets a special hug today -- that comes all the way from Kolkata. Awwww! Thanks again. :)

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  8. Hi Divya, This is my first visit to your site. I am happy I made it .Reading about your Sonny 's love for cars made me nostalgic.My grandson was also a crazy car lover. He had several cars. He is now a grown up boy and drives his own car,but the collection of childhood cars is safely kept as a great treasure.Hugs to the sonny boy.

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    1. First of all, welcome here maam. I'M glad you came by. :)

      So adorable that your grandson still treasures those little cars. Before you know it, another little one may add more to the collection. ;)

      Thank you once again. :)

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  9. My first visit to your blog and it made me smile:)Brilliant expression!Kids these days are this smart that they brilliantly yet innocently keep you on your toes. My conversations with my 3 yr old nephew always leave me wondering in amusement,thinking- "how did he do that"?:)

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    1. Welcome here, Shwets.
      Gosh they are. Or I dunno if we've just been underestimating them.
      They're quite a handful, that's for sure. :)

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  10. My friends do that all the time! I can't join though because I don't know too much about cars, hehe.


    I'm following you now on GFC, hope you follow me back :)
    http://beatricemalveda.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Beatrice.
      Shall visit your blog soon. :)

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  11. it's a guy thing definitely :)
    maybe you can get him a motorcycle next time, he may just fall in love all over again

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    1. I'm sure.
      He's gotten into biking now. But the craze only seems to be getting crazier.

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  12. I love cars so much and my son who is just 4 yrs old is crazy about cars too :)
    Loved your post !

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    1. I'm sure you can relate to this post, Uma. :)
      Thanks a ton.

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  13. My sister's son is crazy about cars..he always keeps on demanding new cars..I think all boys are the same..:)

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    1. Haha!
      Tell me about it. :)

      How have you been, Ranita?

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  14. Awesome :).. Looks like he is taking the passion in different stages :).. I remember even I was very passionate about the cars growing up. We did not have such good ones back then though. I still do remember the collection of race cars and the dummy old games we used to play racing them against each other..

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    1. Ah! sweet memories, eh?!

      The number of toys kids have these days, Oh! and the variety.

      My boy has taken his passion to a whole new level now. You can guess what it is like. :)

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