"And tomorrow, after your nap, we're going to take the bus and go to the fire station!"
"Yes, we will go inside the station and see a firetruck!"
Eyes brim with gratitude, stands up and does a dance.
And so it came to pass.
It was all so real: The old station with the clock tower, the clean and friendly garage, the line of fire jackets hanging on the wall, the friendly fireman opening and closing the secret doors on the truck, finding the hose tucked away at the back of the truck, getting to sit inside and look out the windshield, touching the steering wheel.
Henry became a bit unmanageable as he wanted to to everything, see everything, and press everything all at once. Including the old-time circular buttons on the wall that said "Up" "Down" on them. He literally lunged out of my arms towards the wall to press them. We had to restrain him and calm him down on the fireman's couch with pictures of firetrucks.
Finally, he became so overwhelmed he yelled "OUTSIDE!" And so we said goodbye and walked down to the beach to throw rocks into the water before making our way home.
Thanks Doors Open TO for making a toddler's dreams come come true!