Much to our dismay, Nico is really into the military these days. He spends hours organizing his Toy Story “Bucket-O-Soldiers” into various formations and I can honestly say that during the past few months, they have been arranged into just about every configuration, in just about every part of our apartment.
This was one of my favorites-
Luca, on the other hand, continues his car obsession which means that it is fairly safe to say that both of our children are obsessed with things that neither Alex nor I, have any interest in whatsoever. I have to say that there are times when this can make for highly tedious conversation.
Nico: Mommy, why do soldiers always have to have their hair cut so short?
Me: I’m not really sure honey.
Luca: Car! Car! Car!
Nico: Maybe because they think it makes them look more serious?
Me: Yes, maybe.
Luca: Car? Car?
Nico: But what happens if they can’t get an appointment for their hair cut.
Me: Um, well, I think that they probably don’t have that problem ever. Luca, your car is right here.
Nico: But what if they do? Then what? Do their bosses get mad at them? Do they have to go to jail?
Me: I’m sure it just never happens.
Nico: But Mommy, you just need to pretend that it does happen and then tell me what will they do.
Me: So you’re asking me a hypothetical question about what would happen to a soldier who couldn’t get a haircut appointment?
Luca: vroom vroom!
Nico: Mommy? You didn’t answer. Are you thinking about it?
Another issue is that soldiers tend to fall down quite easily and that this can be very frustrating for a six-year old who has spent “nine hundreds of hours” setting them up just so. Of course I wouldn’t understand this at all because I’ve “never been interested in anything that can just fall down like dominoes” and so obviously I “just don’t care.” At least that’s the word on the street.