Saturday, August 09, 2008

Touch a Truck

Saturday morning, we attended a local event called "Touch a Truck." It's just what it sounds like. Several local businesses and organizations make one of their vehicles available to the public to come and touch, sit in, photograph, and otherwise generally oogle. There is someone there who usually drives/operates the vehicle to answer questions. And, it was held in a parking lot that is right next to the train tracks, so we even got to see two trains go by while we were there. I don't know who dreamed up this event for DeKalb County, but they have the eternal gratitude of virtually every mother of a young boy. There was a fire engine, an ambulance, a pediatric emergency vehicle, a school bus, a bucket truck (sometimes called a cherry picker), a cement truck, and a police car. Of course there are pictures!

I actually have a better picture of Luke in the police car, but this one was a better shot of the officer who was there. This man was having more fun than all of the kids put together! It was so wonderful to see him having such a fabulous time, especially given that a few of the other "vehicle owners" were a little grumpy, the paramedics in particular. The officer let the kids turn on the lights, talk into the loud speaker, and every 20 minutes or so, he would let someone turn on the siren for a moment (after an announcement over said loud speaker for everyone to cover their ears). He was having an absolute blast, which made it that much more fun for the kids. I am kicking myself for not getting his name. I'll try to contact the organizers on Monday to see if they know. I would also like to acknowledge the driver of the cement truck (next to last photo). He is not a short man, and you can see how high above him Luke is. This man picked up every single kid under 5 feet tall and put them in the seat of this truck, and he did it with a smile on his face, genuinely enjoying watching each kid's face light up. I can't even calculate the amount of weight he picked up to a height of about 6 feet today. His back and shoulders are going to be *so* sore tonight!

So, thank you so much to all of the sponsors and participants in the DeKalb County "Touch a Truck" event. We had an absolute blast!

Currently feeling: gratitude


  1. Oh how much fun this must have been! I know Luke had a grand time! Looks like you had beautiful weather! Funny how often the simplest things in life turn out to be the best!

  2. How fabulous!! That policeman deserves a commendation! It gives me hope for policemen in general!!


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