Touch a Truck Event - McKinley's Perspective

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sunday afternoon was the Touch a Truck event at the Overland Park Convention Center and the boys took advantage of this annual tradition. Over the last couple of years, this has been a boys only event. I feel a little out of place when McKinley and Joel are in their element and this past weekend wasn't any different. While I hung out with the girls at brunch, the boys loaded up and headed to McKinley's favorite event. And instead of just typing this from a girls point of view, I sat down with McKinley and asked him to tell me all about the day and what he liked most as we browsed the photos Joel took. This blog post is from McKinley's perspective, and let me tell you, it's nothing short of comical!

Me: "What is it that you love most about Touch a Truck?"
McKinley (M): "There are trucks! They are big, strong, and loud." 

Me: "What's going on here?"
M: "I have no idea. I didn't know that Dada even took that picture."

M: "This is going inside Touch a Truck."

Me: "What's this?"
M: "It's a backhoe with a grabber nabber. It's was super cool, but the most disappointing thing was that it was locked at this time and I couldn't go in."
Me: "Did you get to go in later?"
M: "No, it was too long of a line. Same with the combine and fire truck." 

Me: "How did it feel to donate a toy?"
M: "Okay."
Me: "Did they say anything when you put the toy in the box?"
M: "Yes, thank you."

M: "This was van."
Me: "What kind of van?"
M: "I don't know. Just a van."
Me: "Okay, cool."

Me: "What are you doing in the back of the van?"
M: "Playing limbo." 

M: "This was the first time they've ever had a moving van!"
Me: "This was the same company Mama used when she moved from her apartment into our house."
M: "I thought it was Atlas."
Me: "No, that was when I moved with Meme and Granddaddy."
M: "Oh."

Me: "Where is this"?
M: "Inside the moving van. They had the walls lined with moving boxes and you could draw on them. I signed my name."

With incredible enthusiasm.... M: "Mama, this was a Ram 5500!!! It's the biggest I've ever seen!"
Me: "What did it do?"
M: "I'm not sure, but it had a flat bed on the back so I'm thinking some kind of construction. And the cab was just like the Snow Sisters!" 

The Snow Sisters are on home improvement show called Texas Flip and Move. It's on the DIY Channel.

 Me: "So what was this?"
M: "It's a race car, but I couldn't really see it."

Me: "What were you saying about the tire?"
M: "This was inside the race car trailer. I told Dada he should put these wheels on his car. And add a spoiler."

Me: "Holy cow, what is that?"
M: "It's a tow truck. Last years tow truck was smaller. This one was a little bit bigger. This one has an extra wheel. You can see last years truck on the other side of this one."

M: "This is the extra tire." 

Me: "Why are you trying to get inside the tire?"
M: "To see if I can fit."


Me: "What kind of truck is this?"
M: "It's a bucket truck.  You could get inside the bucket and I got in all by myself."

M: "This is an Army ambulance, but I was pretending to be Indiana Jones because he had a truck just like this." 

M: "I don't think I was supposed to do this, but I was able to get up there all by myself."

Me: Eye roll.....

Me: "Why are you under the snow plow?"
M: "The snow is plowing me up. And, I was freezing. Can you see me freezing?" 

This is him freezing.

Me: "Is that a real cow?"
M: "Yes, it was a milking truck. They showed you how to milk a cow."
Me: "How do they milk a cow?"
M: "They hook up these machines to the udders and it milks the cow."
Joel: "Tell Mama what cows eat."
Me: "What do cows eat?"
M: "Cows eat grass. But not this cow. She eats everything. Like Oreos and chips!"

M: "I told Dada that Mama doesn't want me to ever get on a motorcycle. I don't care. I'm on one today."
Me: "Yeah, this ones okay because it's not moving. But you're right, I never want you on a motorcycle!"

Me: "Is that a street sweeper?"
M: "Yes! This is the first time they've ever had a street sweeper. This is the bigger one. They also had a small one."

M: "This is the smaller one."

In my opinion, they look exactly the same....

M: "I got to get inside the Hummer and start it up! It was cool and loud!"

M: "Same thing with the Army truck. I got to go inside, start the engine, and push on the gas pedal!"

Me: "Did you have a fun time at the event?"
M: "Yes! It's cool to see big trucks that I don't get to see all the time!"

Touch a Truck was a success, as always! This is such a fun yearly event. We've been going since McKinley was five and I'm not sure the amazement will ever rub off! I mean, they're big trucks that are strong and loud! For an eight year old, what's not to love?


*This was a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed were McKinley's own. I mean, how could you ever make up those answers.... 

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