N’s been really lucky this week…he’s finally inherited his cousins’ John Deere Gator. The Gator’s been going a long time as it was a freebie thrown in with a tractor purchase about 9 years ago. It’s been used by 2 of N’s cousins, and now the 5 year old has passed it on to N.
So this week has been all about the Gator. Or alligator as N seems to call it.
Every evening N’s wanted to go out and play on it, and every morning he’s woken and looked out of the window to check where it is. Woe betide if his dad’s forgotten to charge the battery overnight.
He is so funny driving it. It’s not taken him long to get the fast and slow gears, and reverse. Our garden’s a good size, but as there’s no fence dividing our lawn and his grandparents’, he’s got a long ride down their lawn as well, and round the other side of their house before coming back to ours again.
He’s been transporting items like football cones, watering can, and weeds. I did go out one evening to find him digging up the geraniums we’d only planted the day before and putting those in the bucket. I’m not sure what he was planning to do with them, but thankfully I found them and replanted them before he’d disappeared off with them somewhere.
:One day he waited until he was past the side of our house, before stripping his clothes off and driving naked over to the other house. To say, Granny had a shock when she looked out of their window, was an understatement!
Thankfully he’s not tried putting the dog in the back bucket (that honour went to his dad…should have known better!). But he’s already got lists of who’s allowed on his ‘alligator’.
Obviously his cousin is allowed to ride on it. Supposedly only the 2 of them are special and can do the driving. However, he’s allowing 2 of his girl friends, to ride on it with him (I’m a bit concerned that he was offering that they could sit in the bucket!). Oh, and his best friends from both nurseries he goes to. It turns out though, that he was inviting all the children at nursery school to come over and play in the garden with his alligator.
I’m glad that it’s lasted until being passed on to N. Hopefully he’ll get as much use out of it as his cousins did.
Have your children inherited toys from family members?