With a Bathtub in Back


KnytLite asked me what kind of car I liked the other day.

He knows I’ve been looking. Not seriously – not yet anyway – but he’s heard me talking about the eventuality of buying another car. There’s nothing wrong with ours right now…not that we’re aware of, at least. But we’ve been a one-car family for a long time and it’s not something we can sustain much longer, I don’t think.

So he asked me what kind of car I liked. But the conversation didn’t turn interesting until the MiniNess spoke up.

“I want one of those kinds of cars that has a bathtub in the back,” she said. I blinked at her.

“A bathtub?”

“Yeah. It’s like a bathtub. There’s this sort of box on the back and it looks kind of like a bathtub.”

My wife smiled at me. I was clueless. Completely.

“Here,” MiniNess said, “I’ll show you from the car box.”

The car box is a cardboard box sitting in the hallway on a metal shelving unit we’ve used to store some of their toys. Ness thought it would help the kids learn to put their toys away in the right place if they had a specific box for their toys. So, we have the creatures box – full of toys like rubber snakes, spiders, unidentifiable aliens, plastic tigers and lions, things which are roughly woodland creatures, etc – and the Star Wars box – filled with all manner of Lucasfilms Ltd. licensed products, of course – and this one is the cars box. It’s full of – you guessed it – toy cars.

I heard the clatter and rattle of toys tossed about as she fished through the myriad miniature autos. “Yyyyesss!” she sounded, and bounced back into the room with something in her hand.

“See?” she said, and held the toy out to me. “It’s like a bathtub in the back.”

A pickup truck is what she handed me.

My little girl, my princess, wants a pickup truck. And she’s not quite six.

It’s going to be a long, long teenage period…

-JDT-

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7 thoughts on “With a Bathtub in Back

  1. Your stock photo for a pickup truck is a Hummer.

    For shame doc.

    It’s a Hummer from a time when Hummers were AMERICAN, and PROUD OF IT. No shame. None.

    • Pictured is the American Hummer H2. I’ve driven that vehicle. Nothing to be proud of in that car. It’s just an over-priced and under-performing Chevy Tahoe.

      Well…okay, you got me there. The Tahoe is a better truck for truck’s sake. The toy my daughter has is the H2 pickup, so that’s what she showed me. If this really bothers you, I’d suggest not reading this post any further, because that H2 pickup is going to always be there. Sorry.

  2. What a cutie pie. What strikes me about this is that the child is unfamiliar enough with a pickup truck to not know what it’s called. Literally a third of the vehicles on the road around here are pickups, and though we didn’t own one till recently, I can’t remember a time when the kids didn’t know what to call them. It’s a different universe there.

    I don’t know if it’s so much a different universe as it is we don’t have much occasion to talk about cars and their various types here at home. They know a lot of other stuff most kids their age wouldn’t.

  3. A bathtub? HAHAHA! Kids see things in the strangest ways.

    Oh, I don’t think it’s strange at all. Really, take a look at a pickup. It sure looks like a bathtub.

  4. Oh my goodness! Too cute!!! 🙂

    She’s doing amazing stuff like that all the time. And just think, now you’ll have stories of your own to share! 🙂 Thanks for coming by sweetie!

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