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Saturday, August 4, 2007

I WANT to be a TRAIN



Boys are boys. They are just simply built differently than girls. I guess most folks know the difference between boys and girls. Yes, there are the biological differences between the two sexes, but another big difference is emotional and behavioral. My son, ever since the first day until now, I have never outwardly or distinctly encouraged or promoted in him the idea of what a boy is supposed to be like or do. He somehow learned it and acts on his own natural instincts. One example is his fascination with trains. The fascination with trains started at about six to eight months of age. He will be turning 4 in a few weeks and his fascination only grows and grows. He is able to name just about all the characters from the Thomas the Tank engine series. He can spend hours building tracks after tracks. He would design a new layout for the tracks each time. He is simply borderline obsessed with trains.

Besides trains, he is also very much interested in cars, engines, trucks, planes and playing with all sort of balls. He doesn't mind being dirty and he would prefer not to take a bath if he is allowed to make that choice. Normally when one's diaper is full, the baby would cry immediately. Let's just say, if we didn't check on him (when he was a baby), he would not voluntarily get our attention regarding his diaper status, even if it was fully "deposited."

There is also something about him expressing affection. My son hates it when someone tries to kiss him, instead he would settle and much prefers a head-butt with me as a form of showing love. When we say "I love you" to him, instead of saying the same thing back, he would solemnly say "thank you" until we almost tickle him to death before we could squeeze I-love-you out of him.

I have asked him a few days ago of what he would like to be when he grows up. He answered without hesitation, "Daddy I want to be a Train" and in a few months he might be telling me he wants to be a computer.

I just can't wait until his teen years, when he asks me about girls or maybe he won't since he has done everything else so far on his own instincts!




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28 comments:

Zsolt said...

definitelly a boy!

sfgirl said...

Hi, Milton! Enjoyed your stories! Touching as always. Come visit my blog when you get a chance... The Alien Next Door.

Colin said...

Hi Milton,
Great stories and like the new look :o)
It's great watching kids grow up and they find their own way of doing things. Time goes so quick though and the teenage years are there before you know it lol.

mlighter said...

Milton, Great story - reminded me of when my children were young. Thanks for that. Like the new look of your site - clean and professional. Take care.

Henry said...

I got one like that too and I love the facts! Great boy and BOYS rule!!!!

Lucile said...

I am sure you are going to have more stories to write about as he grows. You might be writing one every minutes in his teen years.

Great post. Boys are great and lots of fun. They are great to momies as well.

Patty Robinson said...

I wish I can shrink my 45 year old son! I remember those days and this bring back those memories. I miss every second of it and cherish while you can and don't miss out.

Becky the mom said...

He is 100% boy o yea..I have 3 and they are the same way. I spend a lot of deoderizers each month because they do stink! but still very lovable.

NeoAuteur said...

Ah, the memories.....

Nelson said...

What a great post!! Friend. Boyyysss.... they are a lot of fun.

Jason said...

I guess that's why my mom tells me I stink. I have a great father and one day I hope to be one too.

Roberta Jones said...

Great memories. You should compile them and read it to your generations to come.

I have 10 boys total(3 grandson) and yes they are all stinko. One of there summer projects many moons ago was to take apart daddy's motorcycle, repaint it and rebuild it. The motorcycle became a bicycle instead. Ahh...precious memories.

Jenny Baker said...

The Teen years will be the best years. I had a great time with them. Yes there were girls and lots of them but they were all 100% gentlemen. No dragging the girls through the mud or being stinky around them.

www.freakedoutfathers.com said...

I agree that boys are wired with masculinity and that it's GOOD! There's a couple of great reads on this out there: Wild at Heart by Elderege & the Five Love Languages of Children (Chapman and Campbell). The first is a Christian book so don't read it if you're offended by biblical references; it's a groundbreaking book in any case.

The 2nd may have some relevance to the way your son shows (and asks for) affection and love. He may be totally uninterested in the words, it may be physical contact or quality time that express love to him. Sounds as always like you have a wonderful relationship withhim.

Rachel Hunter said...

There will be more surprises install but it will be worth the adventure. Boys are a lot of fun. They can make you very angry but once they become sweet, they can melt your heart. Your boy seem to fit that bill.

reasonable robinson said...

You've gotta have ambition!! Isn't interesting that its 'trains' 'computers' etc - things that have strength and capability to do more than just being a 'boy'

terrific stuff!!

Ryan Beck said...

This is just outstanding writings and fully captures the essence of a great relationship between father and son. I told my dad I want to be a cowboy and I became one too. Yeehaw!

Monica Jurgen said...

Great blog and great stories. Love the color and how it blends to your writing. It contrast well.

Sharon said...

Your writings and stories have brought back a lot of good memories. Very inspiring and it's awesome being a parent.

Williams said...

I wish our boys can little boys again. Thanks for sharing the memories with us. You can always tell it's a boy room because it just smells different.

Morgan said...

Milton,

Great illustration and stories. You obviously have a great relationship with your son which means you are a great dad. My dad pass away a few years ago but he left me with great memories as well. You brought some of those back and thank you.

Caleb said...

It's a BOY!!!!!

kameron said...

Amazing stories! It's refreshing and poignant at the same time. I want to be a dad

Janette said...

BOYS! I hear you alright. I have 4 girls and the boys won't stop coming over to our home. They eat so much and they do stink. I wish I had a boy of my own. The good thing are the boys that come over are sweet boys. Momma raise them right.

Katty said...

Boys will climb trees, run around the house, swing from tree to tree, bomb your toilets and much much more. At the end of the day, they will be sleeping quietly and sweetly like any good baby.

Jesse said...

Girls are just as good and they smell better too.

Tormented Mom said...

I love this post. Boys are awesome and they are a lot of fun. They will keep you going all day long. Break a bone or burn the house down..boyz will be boyz.

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