8/31/08

Couldn't resist!


Flynn has been sporting her Hot Wheels t-shirt today. Having had a male best friend for many of my toddler years, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Hot Wheels. I still get a little tingle of acquisitiveness in my fingertips when I walk down the aisle of tiny hot rods at Tarjay. So when I saw this shirt, I knew she had to have it.

As for the car, faithful readers may remember how much M. and I loved the movie Speed Racer. While the actual Japanese cartoon was mostly off my radar during its heyday, M. was a big fan. So we were thrilled to find that we both loved the movie version. And yes, when the promo items came out in stores, we totally caved. We got a Speed Racer helmet (complete with built-in sound effects) for our nephew Harrison...and although it was still early days, and we figured she'd probably want nothing to do with it when she came home, we also bought Flynn this car (also with built-in sound effects). OK, ok...so we bought it for ourselves, with Flynn as a feeble excuse. We were pretty sure that she'd turn out to want a stuffed unicorn or a doll or a tutu instead. We were even more embarrassed when my mother picked it up and glared in consternation at the loud sound of squealing tires and Speed Racer dialog it makes when you move it. OK, maybe not the best choice of toy for our blushing flower of a daughter...

HAH!
So it was to my great surprise when I found that Flynn L-O-V-E-S the Speed Racer car. She can play with it for hours. She loves to set it racing across the floor, watch it crash with a tremendous, dramatic screeching of tires, and start all over again.
Well...my mum predicted even before we left for China that Flynn would be a daredevil, and when she met her, she felt the evidence supported her theory. Our early experiences with her also backed it up. At first, as you know, we were concerned that her "fearlessness" was really a form of detachment engendered by her institutionalization. As she has relaxed and come into her own, however, it has turned out to be just that: fearlessness. She is a mover and a shaker, up for anything and phased by nothing (well, except for her short-lived fear of baseball hats. But that's over now.) She has no motion sickness and enjoys car rides, plane rides, and anything that involves a new horizon or a fresh experience. She is always on the go, and if you let her she would go head-first off the edge of every chair, couch and swingset. It is a neat trick these days keeping her on the changing table long enough to get a fresh diaper on her, since she is both strong and in constant motion.
We were wondering what her nickname would be, and, while "Flynn" doesn't necessarily beg for a nickname, I think we have it:
"Speed" just seems to suit her!
I'll have to see what M. thinks of it when he gets home.
btw, that Hot Wheels t-shirt reads "Built for Speed" on the bottom.

And just to emphasize the point...here's my blushing flower exhibiting one of her signature moves. This one always makes me think of John Travolta on the dancefloor in Saturday Night Fever. It never fails to crack me up. Oh, Flynn, how I adore you!
(PS - if M. doesn't like "Speed" for a nickname, I think "Racer X" would be a good runner up. If we had a second one, we might call her Trixie.)

14 comments:

MotherMotherOcean said...

Hot wheels are fun. And cheap little toys. Zubin loves them.

Vivian M said...

I apologize for all the late comments, I was out of the country and had little access to a puter so I am just now catching up!
I love your little daredevil, she looks like she just fits right in!
And I have to wonder if she does not share some personality traits with her parents, hmm?

lisa said...

I loved the Speed Racer cartoons growing up-not sure why I haven't seen the film yet, except I don't see a lot of fils these days.
S is the same way. When we first came home, at 17mos, we went to playgroup at Clare Gardens. She went down the slide head first and got in the bouncy house with the big kids. I worried about detachment (a lot-harrassed my agency repeatedly about how I should respond). But 7 mos later, that's clearly who she is, as evidenced by her behavior canoeing yesterday.
It's so much fun, er, most of the time ; ) ~lmc

Brynn said...

Wheels are SO, SO fun!

kris said...

GIRL AFTER MY OWN HEAT. I KNEW she's be a tomboy!! My brother and I were SO into Speed Racer growing up!! (And can you believe I've yet to see the movie? For shame, I know!). AND, we had serious Hot Wheels collections- like, huge I tell you. Love that t-shirt. And love all the nickname choices. That last pic is hysterical and so Flynnesque. What personality she has!

Heather said...

Speed is adorable! Flynn and Sydney were obviously cut from the same cloth! Sydney's favorite line is "I am Speed" from the movie Cars. In fact, she is going to be a race car driver (complete with the talking, sound effects helmet) for Halloween. If you knew her, you would know that costume was really the ONLY choice for her.

Duchess of Lanier said...

Hot Wheels! With lots of boy cousins, I loved them, too.
So enjoying reading and watching her personality emerge.

Cavatica said...

Love it!!! We call our girl Speedy and Danger Girl. Go, Speed, go!!! Wait until she starts walking. It'll last a week... then it'll be running forever!!!

Carrie said...

Trixie I like it!

A Beautiful Mess said...

Sophie loves trucks and cars too:)

I think that labeling toys with a gender is silly! When Ben was little he loved trucks, his baby, his kitchen and trains. Hannah loved playing star wars,house , dress-up and trains.

Flynn and her mom look blissful!

kerri said...

I loved hot wheels and so do the monkeys, we have the race car track and it's a huge hit!
Dolls take a backseat at our house, LOL.

Yoli said...

Oh how cute!!! I love Racer X for a nick name! Too cute. I think Flynn is a perfect match for you guys. Just perfect.

Stacie said...

she is so cool. I love it.

Maia said...

So sweet! And funny!

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