When we found out that our first child was going to be a boy what do you think went through Steve's head? "Our last name will continue?" "I now have a buddy to go camping with?" "Ha, now we out number the girls in the family?" "Great.... in 7 years I won't have to mow the lawn any more?" No, no, no, and no. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the first thought that goes through a father's head with his first son will be..."Bring on the TOYS!"
Steve was so excited that our first was going to be a boy and was rather disappointed when I wouldn't let him buy action figures when James was 6 months old. He saw great father son bonding time, and I saw potential choking hazard.
See when our men grow up they don't really. And all of them look forward to teaching their boys all about GI Joe and He-Man. That's why having a boy is so great, they get to buy all the toys that they a) had great memories with b) never got or c) blew-up, buried, lite on fire, or in any other way they destroyed and wish they hadn't. I think the eyes of our men get just as big as those of the sons when the paper comes off the gift that is a classic toy.
James got a set of Kinex for his birthday, and today I sat down with James and helped him put together a cement mixer. I was so fun, and I understand why the husbands enjoy it so much. As I was sitting with James, and Tommy and Tim were helping to find the right piece, or building with other Legos I got a little sad. Steve should be here for this. This should have been his moment. This was something he was looking forward too. Being able to play with things that he loved as a child and show his son how to work it. So this moment is for you, Steve.
Don't worry Sweetie, I foresee many buckets of Kinex in our future, and 3 boys that are going to need your help to build something huge. As for the action figures...bring them on.