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Addendum to New Toy. 🔗

So, I was hanging out with my nieces the other weekend, and decided to show off my new toy. (The Traxxas E-Maxx remote-controlled truck described in my previous blog entry.)

I placed the truck in front of Jessica, and she immediately decided it was ultra-cool and needed to be destroyed. She tried pushing down on it, sitting on it, licking it, and all of the other things 2-year olds gleefully do.

I then switched the truck on and tapped the remote, making it move about a foot.


The glee suddenly wiped off of Jessica's face. This movement was clearly not something she was expecting.

She stood there, staring at the truck with a frozen look of terror on her face, literally for about 30 seconds. I could see the gears in her head turning as she tried unsuccessfully to compare the movement of the toy truck with her previous two years of life experiences.

I knew there was nothing I could do to prevent what was coming next: crying. Sure enough, after staring dumbfounded at the truck for 30 seconds, she concluded that toy trucks do not move on their own, and therefore this toy truck is an evil and possessed toy truck and that she must use all her powers of crying to make the truck disappear.

So I had to quickly hide it.

Hmm. So much for that plan. Apparently little girls do not like remote controlled cars. I imagine Jessica would also be quite terrified of Teddie Ruxpen, or any other animated dolls. (Do they even make Teddie Ruxpen anymore?)

Perhaps we can try again when she's three.

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