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Obsession and a gift idea

This past Sunday in church one of our pastors mentioned that his two year old daughter has become obsessed with the Disney movie Cinderella that she received for Valentine's Day. They have watched it over and over and have it pretty well memorized. You can listen to his message, which was about the faithfulness of God, through Sermon Audio. The illustration about little Gracen is 26 minutes into the message.

Having an almost two year old in the house several days a week I have also noticed how toddlers can be obsessed with something. Ryan has recently been obsessed with a variety of things, including the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, the French children's film, The Red Balloon, and tires (which he pronounces "tie-ee". We took him to Costco a couple weeks ago and looked at the tires on our way in and then tried to just walk past them on the way out. We left with a sobbing toddler. 🙁

It amazes me that all three of our grandchildren (ages 6, almost 2, and 1) have been extremely fond of their stuffed monkey toys which they continue to sleep with. When Megan, Jim, and the children came at Christmas they were accompanied by no less than five monkeys! (One was actually purchased on the way here.)

For the past several years since I have become a grandmother I often peruse the video section of thrift stores looking for videos which might appeal to the children. They are very inexpensive now since many people no longer have a VCR. I first found a copy of Road Construction Ahead while doing such a search. Ryan loved that video and we watched it over and over. It was a sad day when we discovered that the tape was broken. Believe it or not I actually found another copy at the same store a few weeks ago. Knowing that video tapes of this vintage can be rather fragile I did a little research and discovered that the company that produced these videos now offers them in a DVD version. I ordered a copy of Road Construction Ahead 2 and it came in the mail earlier this week, just in time for Ryan's birthday. The company, Little Hard has a variety of real life action videos showing how things are done and utilizing a lot of big machinery. So, if you need a gift for a little boy you might want to check out this website. The website has clips from all the DVDs which might be entertaining for you to watch with a toddler.

Here's a picture of Ryan watching the Road Construction video and pointing out all the tires:


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1 Comment on “Obsession and a gift idea”

  1. #1 Marilyn
    on Mar 27th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    This theme of grandchildren’s obsessions really resonates with me. I have tried (with little success) to steer some to embrace a wider range of things to obsess over! But it interests me that the 2 locally based grands will frequently pick up on my interests (not really ‘obsessions’) and consult my bird books or the garden books. And they know they are pandering to my interests. Best Buddies.

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