Patchy (who is Ari’s beloved stuffed dog) started driving a Tonka dump truck around the house a few months ago. Patchy kept crashing the truck into walls. Patchy received multiple warnings. Eventually, Patchy’s truck was impounded — multiple times — in our basement. Eventually, Patchy learned how to operate his dump truck responsibly. In an effort to slow himself down, Ari helped Patchy, hook-in a digger, and the dump truck magically became an ice cream truck.
This morning, I found Patchy riding on top of the dump truck with the digger attached. I noticed an assortment of play food atop the trucks.
“What else is Patchy selling today?” I asked Ari.
“He’s selling buttermilk cake, see?” Ari asked as he pointed at the toy cake balanced on top of the digger.
“Yes, I see the cake. Is it a pastry truck now?”
“It’s an ice-cream-pastry truck!” Ari declared as he helped Patchy make his way across the house.
“Of course! I should’ve known it was an ice-cream-pastry truck!”