Bankhead Adventures

10 October 2008

Great Expectations

Our neighborhood is currently experiencing extensive construction and relandscaping. Most of us are willing to handle the inconvenience in anticipation of a lovely renovated living space. James, however, hopes the construction never ends. We wouldn't be surprised if he is secretly sabotaging the work at night in order to make the construction last as long as possible. He spends at least 3 hours a day watching the workers from our back patio and yelling things like, "Go, Bobcat with tracks, go!" and "Watch out roller, here comes the dump truck!" On the weekends, when the heavy machinery sits idly in our backyard, James spends hours and hours climbing all over the diggers and jabbering about levers, pistons, buckets, and hydraulic rams. He often pleads, "Dad, I want to drive the digger/dump truck/Bobcat/Bomag/roller/cement mixer/crane." To which Paul replies, "Son, if you work hard in school and get good grades, you can drive a digger when you grow up."



  • i love that you whipped out the camping chair so he could be a comfortable spectator. and i'm glad you're encouraging him to follow his dreams.

    By Blogger jamie, at 5:14 AM  

  • Does he actually use the word "piston"? Wow. Just wait til you see his Christmas present from me! I am still laughing when I think about him sitting on a digger for 3 hours while you watched conference and about him needing to do the sillies to cheer up. :)

    By Blogger Michemily, at 6:58 AM  

  • What are you going to tell him when he finds out that Dad's wealthy uncles dropped out of school, got to drive diggers, and made more money than all his MBA toting aunts, uncles, and dad? Although I predict that Paul will give it all up one day to go back to his Big Gulp of Mountain Dew and manual labor on the construction site.

    By Blogger Johnny, at 9:14 AM  

  • So I'm glad you finally gave me proof that the diggers actually exist.

    By Blogger Sica, at 9:24 PM  

  • Ah James, I miss you! I am so glad that he is loving the construction in his new neighborhood, that makes me smile.

    By Blogger Amy, at 4:59 PM  

  • Isn't it funny that if some people had to hear construction outside everyday and had a pile of dirt outside their front door they would complain. But if you have a toddler the context completely changes and it becomes the best thing ever! That's great!

    By Blogger Ron and Julia, at 11:30 AM  

  • What more could a little boy dream of?

    By Blogger Kara, at 5:43 PM  

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