This morning in the car Owen re-enacted a game he played constantly over the weekend. We call it “whoosh”, but it goes by many, more descriptively accurate names:
- Mowing the Lawn
- Blowing the Leaves
- Vacuuming the Carpet
- Blow-drying the Hair
- Flying the Plane
- Driving the Garbage Man’s Truck
All these games manifest themselves identically. Owen picks up a tree branch/harmonica/toy baby stroller/drum stick and proceeds to make a voiced dental wide sibilant1 2
1: How ya like me now?!
2: Think “zh” or the middle consonant in azure or pleasure.
This is not a fast game. It can (and was) played in 15-minute increments known as “annoyances” rather than quarters or periods.
Still, we love the little guy for finding something cheap, portable and sustainable to play, whether in the house, out in the backyard or riding to school in his carseat.