Christmas came early in the Ramsay household, as friends of ours gave my son a hand-me-down toy vacuum recently.
Now a week into this new addition, Nolan still gets excited when he sees it.
It is somewhat strange that he enjoys the vacuum as a toy. After all, whenever we’ve had to use the real vacuum to clean the house, he’s always been nervous of it.
This new toy came about while visiting with friends of ours. Nolan actually grabbed the main part of their real vacuum to play with, when my friend suddenly remembered her kid version. She searched through her toy box to find the little Dirt Devil model.
It’s actually really neat. It comes with a detachable hose and a dust buster feature that makes it quite a versatile toy. It broke just before we got it home, so it’s already got some duct tape on it, but Nolan doesn’t mind.
Add to the fact that we installed a few batteries, to give it an annoying buzzing sound, and it certainly gets a lot of use in our household. Our own vacuum hose attachment even fits on the end of his play hose, and Nolan has been mimicking daddy’s cleaning all week.
I knew it was a hit when, that first morning, the groggy little mister diverted his eyes towards the vacuum instead of his bottle. It almost seemed that he sucked back the bottle faster in order to get to vacuuming.
I watched as he moved a basket full of books out from under a side table to vacuum, just like daddy does. He then put the attachment on the end of the hose and proceeded to wave it on the first few steps of our staircase, just like daddy does.
Little did I realize our own “dirt devil” was paying such close attention when my husband cleans. If only it had more powerful suction, so that he could be responsible for cleaning up all of his fluff and crumbs that land on the floor.