So there’s this toy car Toddler Boy has been wanting for months. It’s one of the four from the movie Cars that come up alongside Mack and lull him to sleep. He has gotten the other three over the last year or so, but we can never seem to find Boost. He likes to reenact the scene, and when he watches the DVD he pauses the movie at that point and stares longingly at the car. Covet much?
He talks to everyone he sees about it. Literally. If you have exchanged more than 2 words with my son in the last 6 months, he’s mentioned Boost. You may not have been able to decipher it, but I guarantee it’s come up.
We looked in every store that might have toys here. We checked about 5 stores in southern California. Nana has scoured her little town in Texas. I could order it from eBay, but just haven’t gotten around to it.
Every day when Husband leaves for work, Toddler Boy walks out to the driveway with him, hugs him, and shuts his truck door. Then they have the exact same conversation:
Toddler Boy: Daddy, I have to tell you something.
Toddler Boy: We have to go to Texas and find Boost. First we have to go left past Medford, then right to California, then to Texas to find Boost.
Husband: Okay, we’ll do that. But I have to go to work now.
Today we were at the grocery store. I was rummaging through a cart of clearance baby food, not totally paying attention to my surroundings.
Toddler Boy: SANTA!!!
Me: [Oh no.]
An older gentleman with a long white beard was approaching. I wish I could say this was an isolated incident. Second time. In two weeks. Thankfully, the man was amused.
Toddler Boy: SANTA!! SANTA!! Can you find Boost?
“Santa” looks at me, puzzled.
Me: There’s this car he really wants…we can’t find it anywhere. We told him to put it on his Christmas list.
“Santa”: Have you been a good boy?
What a trooper.
Toddler Boy: YES!!
“Santa”: Well, we’ll see what we can do!
He walked away, chuckling. Toddler boy was all atwitter. Rosy cheeks, bright eyes, talking a mile a minute about how Santa said he was going to find Boost for him.
We headed down the baby food/diaper aisle, the one that usually has a section of cheapy plastic toys and school supplies. I was distracted again, seeking out my next coupon bargain.
Toddler Boy: MAMA!!! THERE’S BOOST!!! GO BACK GO BACK GO BACK!!!
Lo and behold, there was Boost in all his lavender glory. We don’t buy toys for the kids unless there’s an occasion, but there was no way we were leaving that store without that car. Fortunately, Toddler Boy happened to have his piggy bank (full of his “moneys”) with him, so I let him get it. He hasn’t put it down since. He brought it home and introduced it to the other three cars, then reenacted the scene from Cars a few hundred times.
A Christmas miracle. In June. At Albertsons.