Saturday, June 27, 2009

Little boys and their toys

When ever I think of toys.. my mind goes right to the toys of my children.

When I was pregnant for my first son, Mr. Petals drove me over to an adorable store in a tiny quaint town nearby us. It was simply called "the teddy bear shop". Inside this sweet store there were wall to wall stuffed bears, many were dressed in various flattering outfits. I remember how happy I felt to try to find the perfect crib mate for the little cub hibernating inside of me. I was drawn to one little brown bear with an humble expression, who reminded me of a bear from my childhood. He wore a simple long white cotton nightgown. I named him Emmit Bear and he was lovingly placed inside my babies crib awaiting his arrival. He was very loved for many years by my eldest son. When my second son was born, time and money were a bit tighter and a trip to the teddy bear store was an extravagance that never entered our minds! Instead on our babies first Christmas, we went to toys r us and we picked up a cute stuffed lamb for him that had a blanket sewn into one 'hand' and a pacifier sewn to the other. My middle son dragged that little white lamb everywhere he went. He couldn't fall asleep without rubbing the lambs pacifier. I can't count the number of times I threw that little guy in the washer AND had to sew that plastic nipple back on this ragged little lamb! other toys that stand out to me are my older boys ghostbuster and Ninja turtle toys and my youngest son's Thomas the tank engine trains.

An adorable toy memory that also comes to mind goes way back to my eldest sons toddlerhood. This little guy just LOVED tools! My husband was in the trades and our little guy mimicked him whenever he worked around the house. He had a play electric saw and drill. He had plastic hammers and wrenches. He would build towers of wooden blocks and use his pull string electric saw to knock it down! He knew the name of EVErY TOOL he saw and would sometimes shock ME by saying .. No mama that isn't a wrench it's a Pliers. My husband brought him home a real tool belt from the hardware store. My son never took off that little canvas tool belt! One night after a long day visiting friends, our little one was so overtired and began getting cranky and went into an unusually crazed crying fit that was so out of character for him. I vividly remember how panicky Mr. Petals and I felt, because we had never seen him like this and we weren't sure what to do! Well, Mr. Petals sat on the floor with our boy and rocked him and just quietly started naming TOOLS! In a few minutes our son was so soothed and fell asleep right there in his daddy's lap. It was one of those priceless father/son moments that moved me to tears.
We just got back from celebrating at a Mexican restaurant because That little tool loving baby turned 25 this week! I am so happy that he decided to use his brain and heart as his tools of choice and he is on his way to becoming a special ed. teacher! Thanks for listening to me travel down memory lane! After two delicious margaritas... I am a bit nostalgic and a big mush!

11 comments:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

All men should know the name of their tool and its uses.

Marja said...

oh what a lovely memories. We had a lot of tool toys when the kids were small. Oh and how great he has become a special ed teacher. All the ones I encountered were special people

AD said...

hehe. men should def know :)


Toys vs. Heart

linda may said...

That is lovely Lucy. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.
One of our nephews had a toy tool set and actually succeeded in sawing the leg off their dining table. He he.

gautami tripathy said...

My eldest nephew still has that teddy bear I gave him at one month of age! He is 21.5 years now.

My younger nephew did not like anything cuddly. He loved helicopters. And I still get those for him. He is 12+!

wrath of nature

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed that. I had some tools when I was a kid, but they were plastic. Maybe that's why I can't use them properly now :-)
At least, that's my excuse.

paisley said...

what a loving and reflective post lucy.. i love hearing stories about you and your family...

Tumblewords: said...

A perfect post and a host of delicious memories - I loved every word...

Tammy said...

Here you are! I actually blogged today. I don't remember my kids toys but your memories are very sweet Luce. Happy Birth Day mommy. XXOo

keith said...

Lucy - delightful!

Giggles said...

What a mushing loving story!! Every bit of it!! Specially loved "cub hibernating inside of me" what a beautiful visual!! Thanks for sharing all this love!!

Big hugs