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Monday, July 12, 2010
On to the next obsession: car washes!
So, Max is no longer saying "ur-ul" (purple) every other minute; he is now saying "ARRRR WAHH!" every other minute. As in, car wash. Though purple is still his favorite color. I have to say, that obsession was a lot cheaper. At least we've made friends with the local car wash guy. Every weekend, we pay to go through it once, and then we get to go through again for free. Max helps dry the car afterward with the guys who work there, though I don't tip him.
I think in my next life I would like to own a car wash, because they seem to make a tidy little sum there.
Max's speech therapist Jeri (who's known him since he was two) had the brilliant idea of cutting up construction paper to look like a car wash, and that's what Max most loves to do lately—pretend he is pushing a car through the paper car wash. I like the occupational therapy benefit of how he has to grasp the paper and move it back and forth, good use of those hand and arm muscles.
Max is also happy to sit around watching YouTube videos of cars going through washes. This weekend, we visited the Apple store; I played them for him on a giant computer screen and he was ecstatic. Then we went to a BBQ on Sunday and there was a big lawn sprinkler. Max kept running through it, pretending he was in a car wash.
This obsession could turn out nicely for us. I gave Max a sponge and Sabrina manned the hose, and the kids washed the minivan a couple of times this weekend. (I do not think that is a child labor problem because we let them have ice-cream and juice breaks while they were doing it, so working conditions are pretty good and all.)
It would be kind of awesome if Max's next obsession involved learning how to make homemade bread and/or doing laundry.
And what is your child obsessed with lately?
Posted by Ellen Seidman at 12:15 AM