Thursday, June 12, 2008
Future Farm Boy or Spiderman?
This is the story about a little boy who left his momma to become a farm hand. Not really, but my 3-year-old nephew, Gabriel, did come to spend a couple days with me so his momma could finish writing a term paper.
It was a very busy and diverse time for him. You see, just because you're company doesn't mean the farm chores have stopped. Gabriel learned first-hand how to do some important farm jobs:
cleaned and filled the donkey's water buckets with fresh water:
...was able to locate and observe many potato bugs that were running through the straw outside the stalls:
...scaled the big, green farm gate multiple times:
...successfully closed the huge barn door:
and carried a lead rope all the way back to the house where it was a source of entertainment for his remaining time with me:
When the chores were done, we headed into the city. Portland's Rose Festival was going on and the Dragon Boat races were in full swing. My son, Aidan, was co-captain of his high school's first Dragon Boat race.
We got to see Aidan's boat win!:
and Gabriel was excited to high-five Aidan as congratulations:
You'll no doubt notice the Spiderman suit. This was a must-wear item for Gabriel and a real crowd pleaser. Of course, and reasonably so, I had to refer to him as "Spiderman" or "Spidey", while he was in costume.
"Spidey" had a ball running through Salmon Street Springs, er, I mean, he expertly maneuvered through acid waters, narrowly escaping death:
He scaled tall concrete posts (without falling down once):
And - what are the chances - Spidey had a close encounter with Spongebob Squarepants!:
This was a very cool moment for my little super hero:
After all the excitement, even Spiderman needed to rehydrate:
I guess maybe Gabriel doesn't have to decide between being Farm Boy extraordinaire:
After all, even Peter Parker had his day job when he wasn't being Spiderman, didn't he?