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Thomas’ Car Takes Vancouver

yellow car, vancouver

Thomas is four. He invited me into his Inner Sanctum, I mean, his playroom. The one over the garage.

“I have five of these cars. All the same.” He held out a shrunken Corvette. In yellow. “You can have this one.”

“Okay.”

I took it. Because…..well……gifts from four-year-olds…….a refusal might offend.

Yesterday I dug that toy out of the depths of my purse, and I remembered how much fun I had with a certain little boy. Thanks to him, his mom and his dad for putting us up for a few days. And, a special thanks to him for the wheels. I hope he likes where I’m taking them.

So far.

Click here to see photos from of Thomas’s car taking Vancouver: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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41 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love! The pictures will blow his mind. He loves you & MTM. Can’t tell you how many times he’s paused a game of Blanket Ghost to ask when Andra and her “boyfriend” are coming back!

    April 10, 2014
    • I hope I can see you the weekend of April 26 – 27. I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve figured out the logistics. Please give him a big hug from me.

      April 10, 2014
  2. Vancouver is a great city for readjusting. Thomas’s car sure gets around.

    April 10, 2014
  3. What a cool gift! Little kids give their stuff away so freely. I love that it was “all the same”.

    April 10, 2014
    • He had quite a few cars. I don’t know how he’d miss this one. Ha.

      April 10, 2014
  4. So sweet! Kids named Thomas are the best (but I might be biased). I bet he’s very pleased with where you’re taking your gift!

    April 10, 2014
    • I must be partial to the name Thomas, too. (Since it’s the T in MTM. 🙂 )

      April 10, 2014
  5. Cool! A good kid who likes cars. Now if we could just move him from Corvettes to real quality cars. 😉 Maybe you should send him the Hot Wheel of a Fiat 500. And yes, they make one.

    April 10, 2014
    • He probably has one somewhere in his Big Bucket of Cars.

      April 10, 2014
  6. Vancouver is a beautiful place to wander. We usually stay close to Stanley Park and that is a great place to wander. The aquarium there is very cool.

    April 10, 2014
    • I’m saving that for when MTM gets out of the conference. Plus, maybe my feet won’t hurt so much by then. Ha.

      April 10, 2014
  7. tarakianwarrior #

    What a treasure! Gifts from children are the best! I’m so glad you’re adjusting well. I’m sure your feet are happier now that they aren’t being forced to walk for 15 miles day in and day out. It looks beautiful where you are…that’s the constant isn’t it, you find the beauty in it all. Looking forward to your next book Andra, and, I’m so curious as to how you’ll publicize the next one.

    April 10, 2014
    • I’m curious about how I’ll publicize the next one, too, Lori. Ha.

      April 10, 2014
  8. You got a sunny day! YAY!!

    April 10, 2014
    • It was so lovely yesterday. I stayed outside pretty much all day.

      April 10, 2014
  9. Very cool – I love little die-cast cars. Is that your calligraphy in that one photo?

    April 10, 2014
    • Yep. They had a place to sit and try it. All my strokes are too fat, but it was fun.

      April 10, 2014
      • Very cool. That’s something I’ve never tried my hand at.

        April 10, 2014
  10. Great photos! You know you’re loved when a child invites you into his inner sanctum and gives up one of his cars!

    April 10, 2014
  11. that is a big, big deal to be invited in and to be given a special gift.

    April 10, 2014
    • He didn’t give MTM anything when he went up there. 🙂

      April 10, 2014
  12. Very cool – I love little die-cast cars. Is that your calligraphy in that one photo? And how did you goof up the video, is it the fountain noise?

    April 10, 2014
    • I got the my miles and hours a day mixed up.

      April 10, 2014
      • As in, “five miles in fifteen hours?” Yeah, I’m bad at noticing that stuff myself.

        April 10, 2014
  13. Thomas is such a sweetie! He calls me “Cappy.”

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    April 10, 2014
  14. Those wheels sure give the FIAT some competition! What a cutie pie! 🙂

    April 10, 2014
  15. A little boy’s car. One of the great gifts life can bring. It stirs many memories for me 🙂 Enjoy yours, Andra.

    April 10, 2014
    • As long as I’m careful not to step on it, I should be fine. 🙂

      April 10, 2014
  16. Sweetness. What a lovely story. 🙂

    April 10, 2014
  17. Lance #

    You and MTM need a Thomas. I think you’d be good at it.

    April 10, 2014
    • We decided a couple of years ago that we make better aunt/uncles than parents. If we’d met earlier in life, we would’ve given it a go.

      April 10, 2014
  18. We Thomases are like that, Andra! 😉

    April 10, 2014
  19. menomama3 #

    Did you put that photo of flowers up just for me? Maybe not, but thanks just the same!

    April 10, 2014
  20. Hey, Andra, have only seen bits and bobs of your trip over the past weeks. So great to be seeing your page again. I LOVE, with a capital L, your video questions and answers. And awesome that you incorporated MTM in as well.

    Since I haven’t been here in quite some time, I have to say that you MUST write a journal account of your Natchez Trace Walk (if you haven’t already decided to do it). I’m sure you tales to tell. So glad it was a great experience for you, and that you’re back full-time with your beau!

    April 12, 2014
  21. I spend a lot of time playing with four-year-olds! I’m glad you had the pleasure. 🙂 They are honest little souls at that age, and I’m sure Thomas felt very special for have enjoyed your attention, too. ox

    April 13, 2014

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