I meet a lot of wonderful people through my blog, who do a lot of wonderful things for us. From bringing down goodies I’ve ordered on Amazon just in time for Christmas and giving my kids action figures of their favorite characters to buying us coffee and sitting and sharing a piece of their lives with us, we’ve really been very blessed.
Years ago, when Dante was a newborn, we took the boys to the park. It was our first outing with two children and we were crazy broke, so we just went to the park and Dorian toddled around (he’d just learned to walk a few short weeks before the baby came). He kept staring at this woman with a baby and little boy sitting near us. Eventually, he walked over to the little boy and started touching his bike. They chatted a little and pretty soon the mother and I started talking, too.
It turned out she was in Guatemala to adopt a baby girl and they were nearly ready to go home. She had her five year old son with her, as well. We talked for a while and then she asked if we would like some baby stuff. She wasn’t taking it back home with her and we were welcome to it.
Now, this was a point in time when we had very little. Our house was just two rooms at that point and Dorian was sleeping in a Pack and Play while the baby slept in a well lined and padded baby tub beside the bed. So anything would be great. She said she had a bouncy chair and a few other things, so we arranged to meet up again the day she was leaving.
We met in the park and it was far more than a bouncy seat! She gave us her five year old’s bike, a bunch of baby toys, a bunch of older kid toys, books and a few other things, including a scooter. The bouncy seat was pink, but it was wonderful and Dante spent many happy hours in it while I worked.
The bike and scooter were far too big for Dorian, so they were put in a shed and left for a couple of years. Later, someone asked to buy the bike and we sold it, but the scooter came out of hiding at that point. The boys used it sometimes, but it doesn’t run well on dirt. So when we filled in our outdoor areas with concrete, the scooter suddenly became a novelty!
Dominic quickly became obsessed with the scooter and while his brothers play with it often, he can be found on the thing every single day, throughout the day. He’s even figured out how to ride with one foot and push with the other. He scoots around the house and out the door and generally has a lot of fun on it. Though the scooter was given to us over 6 years ago, it is still in daily use. The toys and bouncy seat are long gone, broken and used up, but that scooter just keeps going!