"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

05 September 2012

Boys & Machines

Little B loves machines that drone.

This is the kid who was a terrible sleeper for the first 11 months of his life, but any time I put him in his swing and vacuumed, he would fall asleep.

He still loves the vacuum. He asks for me to clean by pointing to the closet where it is stored and saying, "Weeeeeee, weeeeee."

When the lawn maintenance guys are working outside, B stands by the deck doors or windows and says, "Mow, mow? Mow, mow?"

Every time an airplane flies overhead, he looks around for it and points up to the sky with his face expressing his delight. "Oh!"

I replaced his safari-animal-themed crib set that he has had since birth with an airplane/helicopter one that I found for super cheap on our local mama-swap site. The past two mornings, as soon as I get him out of bed, he stands in front of his crib and points to the quilt on the wall with a smile on his face.

"Airplanes?" I say, and he nods enthusiastically.

His daddy builds him airplanes out of Duplos and Melissa & Doug toolkit parts, and B "flies" them around the apartment. "Woooom. Woooom."

I'm looking forward to seeing how he reacts to REAL planes when we fly to Texas.

Last week, there were men working right outside our apartment windows, repaving the street.
It provided a solid half hour's worth of entertainment for B. I did my hair and make-up and started a load of laundry before he lost interest.

I almost didn't mind the nasty asphalt smell that permeated the outside air for the day. 

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