Monday, January 28, 2008

A Boy's Dream Realized

A new house is being built two doors down from us. Today when we pulled up in our driveway I noticed two tractors working in the backyard. Just when Elias and I walked over to get a closer look, one of the workers noticed us and asked if Elias wanted to drive the tractor. He promptly picked him up and placed him right on the knee of the driver.

Luckily I had my camera in my purse and quickly yanked it out and started snapping pictures. It was hard to get a good shot considering I was on a live construction site and all. Those construction workers looked at me like I was a little strange, prancing through the mud and dirt with my camera out, lugging a shopping bag and purse while trying to stay out of the tractor's way. :-)

They let Elias drive the tractor and "trencher" the whole length of the backyard, digging deep holes in the soil to lay the pipes. Elias' face was awesome to watch. He was either very serious, concentrating on keeping that steering wheel straight and acting as if this was standard, daily business, or smiling hugely, or trying hard to suppress a grin. I also noticed that he was chatting it up the whole way with the tractor driver who was doing his best to understand him and nodding a lot, but I'm sure he didn't catch a single word from that 3 year-old voice over a loud piece of machinery. When Elias got off the tractor I told him he ran right over a snake and killed it. He thought that was the coolest part of all!

When we were walking back home, he was quiet for a while, then said, "Mom, I REALLY love bugs and tractors."

P.S. I should mention that this little adventure was after we went to a sporting goods store and Elias shot a rifle (on a laser shooting range), stood next to a stuffed bear, elephant, zebra, lion and buffalo, stared at a "talking" deer for 10 minutes, and drooled over all the spiderman fishing poles. Oh yes, a good boy day indeed. I wonder what the world holds for us after nap time is over? A bug hunt outside perhaps and flips on the trampoline?


Anonymous said...

Oh boy!!! Heaven on earth for that little one!!!! Sooooo cute!
Karen, Jonathan & Dominic Teoli

Anonymous said...

Our lil baby E is getting to be such a big boy - I will have a smile on my face the rest of the day! Thank you so much for sharing!

Tracie Strong O&P

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Anonymous said...

COOL!!!How great that those workers took the time to make Elias's day. Love, Lulo

Elizabeth said...

That is such a neat story!

johnsons said...

How FUN! I love reading your blog and hearing all about Elias. We would love to see you anytime you're passing through Waco. Miss you! - Shelley

Susy Q said...

He looks so proud! So interesting how kids that age polarize to what's considered "boy things" and "girl things." Our Sasha is definetely more of a dress up/baby doll type of girl!