Our family consists of myself, my husband, and my son but it seems nowadays that we have a few other members of our family who seem to be equally important despite the fact that they aren’t actually human (or even an animal). In fact, they aren’t living things at all.
When we leave the house I have to make sure I have my child and he has at least one of his most favorite things to come along. I always imagined my child might someday have an attachment to a blanket or some stuffed animal, but my toddler hearts plastic robots instead. Lighting up and making noises is optional.
It is amazing the ways my son uses both his imagination and practical life skills when he plays and pretends with his robots. It is my hope that caring for robots will someday teach my son how to be a good and loving person. In another twenty years of technological advancements, perhaps he will be caring for real robots.
We have no fewer than four different versions of Bumblebee to care for in our house of varying complexity on a scale of push-a-button-to-transform to what-the-%@#$. My son talks to Bumblebee in his sleep, communicates with him on anything that even looks like a phone (calculators, wooden blocks), and likes to stay up at night until I assure him Bumblebee is sleeping and we all have to be quiet.
Only recently has he started to take an interest in Optimus Prime and I imagine it’s only a matter of time before he becomes the newest member of our family. I guess I will just have to start keeping Energon snacks in the kitchen.
42-42 (aka, R2-D2… from Star Wars, ya know)
Rarely do I hear my son express such joy as he does when he hears an R2-D2-ish sound (or 42-42 as my toddler calls him). I have no idea what R2-D2 is saying with all the boops and beeps, but I’m pretty sure my toddler is fluent and knows exactly what is happening. I was honored to pass my own R2-D2 down to him to enjoy for years to come.
Bear (NOT a robot. He’s a bear.)
Only recently did my son start taking a small teddy bear to bed at night for snuggling purposes only. Bear, as he calls him, has been great at teaching nighttime skills like laying in bed. Come sunrise however, the bear has no other purpose… except to be lost before bedtime; causing a few toddler tears and a mom and dad man hunt.
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