Have you ever seen the show “Hoarders”? Now, I’m not the tidiest person in the world, but I can’t help but marvel at the mindset of the poor people on that show. My son however, totally gets them.
“Hey Mom, what show are you watching?”
“It’s the show about the people who find junk and never want to throw it away.”
“Oh yeah! I like that show. Hey! I like to find junk and never throw it away, too!”
“Yes I know, son.”
We are in a constant battle with him over little scraps that he has found and will not part with them. This is just a sample of what I found in ONE PAIR of pants during laundry day.
Bear in mind that the light cover is about 5 inches long! And yes, that IS a jingle bell. I don’t even know what half the stuff is, but to him it is: a sword, a rocket, a missile, and anything else destructive.
At least he has a good imagination, right?
So, we were walking in Walmart when Joshua starts swishing this long stick around, fighting some villains only he could see. I look to see what the new weapon is only to find it is a dipstick! You know, the thing you check the oil with in your car…
Well, I was mortified and absolutely certain that every person in Walmart was on the phone with Child Protective Services telling them to come rescue this boy with the dipstick. I had him quickly hide it under his coat in the basket. Somewhere in a random aisle, the dipstick fell out of the basket. We discovered this on our way home. He was devastated! His absolutely most favorite sword in the world was lost!
So what did I do? Why, I did what any mother in her not-so-sound mind would do: I took him to a junkyard to pick out another dipstick, of course! Go ahead and ask me if I EVER thought I would be doing such a thing. But the smile on his face was so worth it!