Thursday, December 08, 2011

Search the car

One of the games my Dad and the Girls invented was "Search the Car."

Nearly every time my Dad came to visit, he had some $1 junk toy for the kids. Sometimes they were a big hit, sometimes not. Quite often, it was so cheap that the toy broke before my Dad left!! His theory was it was something they could play with for a while and then throw it away, rather than adding to the pile in the toy box.

Early on, he would walk in with the toy in hand, and the girls would pounce on him with excitement. Eventually, it evolved to him leaving (or hiding) the toy in his car to avoid the initial chaos. They would still be bursting with excitement when he walked in, but the toy wasn't a priority until later. They would usually con him into a game of hide and seek or puzzles....

Until a light bulb went off, and either Valerie or Veronica would say, "Poppi!!!? Search the CAR?????" And all three would run outside to see what treasure awaited.

Whether it was rocket balloons, an art set, glow sticks, magnifying glass, magnets, etc. The girls were always thrilled with whatever it was. Sometimes it caused a bit of frustration for Veronica, who could not always work it just right.

Unfortunately when Dad got sick, the reality set in fast for Valerie. When my Dad moved in with us, one of the first things Val said was she understood that it meant no more search the car. She's asked a few times since then, "Maybe so-and-so could play search the car?"

I hope it's something special they always remember about their grandpa.

We WILL find a way to keep Search the Car going. I just don't know if it will be the same.

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  1. That's such a sweet story about your dad. I can understand the desire to continue the game, the ritual, the tradition, but if it was me I would also be really tempted to leave it as your dad's game, but to draw inspiration from that for something new and different that speaks to the same needs, the same feelings.

    In any case, thank you for sharing the touching story. Best wishes to you and your family.

  2. That is a very sweet story and a memory I'm sure you all will always cherish, thank you for sharing.