Of boys and cars

 

I think it’s in them. Boys just seem particularly attracted to cars and other motor vehicles. We do not even have to teach them how it’s supposed to be used. They just know!

Blake started to take a fancy to cars after his first birthday. He would find it amusing that toy cars would move on its own with just a little push. Naturally, seeing how our little boy enjoy playing with cars and other vehicles, we bought vehicles in all shapes, sizes and colours for him to play with.

As he got older, and gradually started to prefer roaming around on his own and ditched the stroller, Blake took a liking to those car rides seen in most shopping malls.

His face would light up when he sees one and he would make a beeline towards it, regardless of how crowded the shopping mall might be.

Once, Sean brought Blake to every single ride in the shopping mall while I went to the supermarket to get groceries done. It was really fun for Blake, but tiring for Sean!

The strangest thing is, we never have to spend a single cent on these rides! Blake is just happy to be sitting in it, pushing all the buttons, and playing with the steering wheel. He would even make his own sound effect, and go, “Voooom! Voooom!” Haha!

Yup, even the motorcycle rides are fun for him!

The other place Blake likes to go to play with cars is the arcade. He enjoys this more than those found around shopping malls because there are actual visuals in front of him. There is a couple of such racing car machines at the swimming club’s bowling alley, and Blake would always try to get into the bowling alley and make his way to the cars. If we don’t let him enter the bowling alley, he would kick up a big fuss!

Then, he realize that arcades in shopping malls have similar machines, and would sometimes run into the arcade when we’re in shopping malls just to find these racing car machines to sit on and pretend to race. It’s quite an amusing sight. It’s also easy on us, cos he’ll just sit there and play. When he’s ready to go, he’ll get up, wave and say, “Bye! See you!” Haha!

I know some parents might be shaking their heads in disapproval now, towards arcade gaming, but I think it’s perfectly fine. Sean and I used to frequent the arcades together on weekends, solely playing a racing car machine called Battle Gear 3. I guess the gaming blood runs in the family. Haha. The only problem I have is that it’s kind of a loud place for Blake to be in at this age. I fear for his ear drums! And then, I fear for my pockets, should he really enjoy going to the arcade. Haha! Maybe I could make a deal with him when he’s older. Hmm…

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