|My son's 1st mower drawing|
Nevertheless, what has caught me by surprise is how quickly and how young boys tend to yearn for the big boy toys! This month my 6-year-old son has become extremely enamored with my self-propelled Craftsman lawnmower. Every time I and my fiancé use it to cut the grass, I swear my son hardly even blinks. The entire time he watches in wide-eyed wonder and fascination.
Now I must point out that my little buddy has been interested in mowers for the last few years. However, I have noticed it has reached a whole new level. He has drawn a series of pictures that feature lawnmowers and that depict him mowing the lawn when he grows older. He has also been making a make-shift lawnmower out of his play shopping cart and a battery-operated foam disc shooter (for proper sound effects). He uses this contraption to “mow” our upstairs hallway for hours! On top of all this, he has asked me countless times this month when he is going to grow up so he can finally own his own lawnmower.
Now, I know I can’t stop time and deep down I know my kids will eventually grow up. Still, what mother wants to rush things and be constantly reminded of that inevitable truth? I sure don’t! I’m in a sensitive state as it is since my “baby” boy just graduated from kindergarten this week. And now my son wants to grow up even faster so he can start collecting manly toys? The irrational side of me is freaking out here!
On the other hand, though, my rational side is chuckling. He is so much like his mother, father, and grandfathers. He has grease monkey in his veins, so I would be shocked if he never took an interest in mechanical things and how they work. I suppose I have also influenced him plenty because he has sat in my lap or by my side a thousand times, watching and handing me tools as I tinkered and fixed things. He started when he was still in diapers, so how can he not love mechanical things?
In the end, I guess I have to admit that girls like their toys, too, and some of us love to get greasy and tinker just as much as the boys . . . !