Becoming Fluent in ‘Truck’



“Don’t forget your truck,” I casually reminded Wolfy as I removed him from his stroller.

“This is a car carrier,” he said pointing to the tiny plastic vehicle now clutched securely in his fist. He was rather polite about correcting me, considering that anything with wheels has become almost sacred to my two year old son.

A few years ago, I would have rolled my eyes at this exchange. Who cares? But now I understand.

Of course these machines are awe-inspiring. They are gigantic. They make a ton of noise. They can dig giant holes and dismantle buildings. They move very fast or lumber along like dinosaurs. They are nothing short of amazing and I never noticed them until Wolfy started pointing them out to me.

I never wanted to learn about trucks or construction vehicles or anything with wheels.

Anything that has to do with vehicles of any kind is just so boring. Just the thought of discussing trucks with Wolfy made me want to cringe. Who wants to live in a house in which you have to watch my every step or else go flying across the room on a perfectly miniature version of a tractor? I certainly didn’t care about the difference between an excavator and digger. I didn’t even know there was a difference.

But then everything changed.

It all started when Wolfy was a little over a year old. We lived next to a busy road and as we were getting the mail one day, some kind of construction vehicle rolled by. “Big truck!” Wolfy said appreciatively, pointing his tiny finger, his eyes wide. It was his first real phrase. Soon his second phrase followed: “Beep! Beep!!” My little boy was talking! Finally! It didn’t matter that it was about something as boring as trucks. I was instantly as hooked as he was. I would talk about trucks all day everyday if it meant finally having discussions with my son.

I don’t want to try to control Wolfy’s interests.

I have actually heard stories about parents discouraging their child’s interest in big trucks because trucks hurt the environment. I really wish I was kidding about that, but I’m not. I believe that parenting Wolfy isn’t about shaping my boy into a replica of me or his father. If he is into learning about trucks, I’m going to learn right along with him.

The other day, I was in the car with Wolfy at a stoplight. A big truck slowly turned into the lane next to us. I was surprised to find myself getting so excited. “Look Wolfy! That flatbed semi- truck is carrying an excavator on the back!” I said. Wolfy squirmed in his car seat to get a better look.

“Wow! That is a big excavator!” he said. I had actually gotten it right. Excavators run on tracks. Diggers have wheels. Duh.

I guess I’m finally fluent in the language of trucks.

13 thoughts on “Becoming Fluent in ‘Truck’

  1. My daughter is really big into “trucks” right now. I am terrible at the naming game though, and think I should probably start learning now before she starts correcting me!

  2. It’s amazing what these kids with our DNA get interested in that we never would have! My 2 yo son loves trucks too – when the garbage or recycling trucks come by he’ll just stand at the window looking at them as they go down the street. I never before would have seen them as entertainment!

  3. This is awesome! I also know what I have to look forward to now lol. Seriously, though, I would love love love to talk to Baby Boy (and understand all that he says).

  4. Fabulous! My daughter is really into all kinds of vehicles! Our walk to nursery in the mornings sees buses, bikes, cars, motorbikes, vans and lorries – we love it!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

  5. Mine are into anything with wheels too! Especially trains, so I too have had to become fluent in the minute details of trains that I never would have been interested in otherwise!

  6. Isn’t it funny what you have to learn and remember as a mom. My little one has several stuffed animals that are all named, all a certain gender, and I must remember them. If I call her and he, or Sparkle, Ariel, I am always corrected. Motherhood is wonderful!!

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