Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A few more things about Nicky

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million."
~Walt Streightiff

As I mentioned earlier, Nicky's been sleepwalking. And since I last posted about it, he continues.

Whenever I'm awakened in the middle of the night (or usually it's before midnight), I listen intently and dart up out of bed because chances are it's Nicky roaming the hallway or doing some crazy thing.

A couple nights ago it was about 12:30 when I heard what sounded like the recliner ends on the sectional popping up. Strange, I thought. Then Nicky came wandering into our room.

"Nicky?" I said. Then, without a word, he dashes back into his bedroom. I get up to make sure he made it back to his room safely and there he is in bed. And as I walk through the family room, sure enough, the recliners are flipped up, as if two ghosts are there for the night.

During his waking hours, Nicky's obsession with all things roller coaster continues its never-ending corkscrew.

Ever since we got back from our California trip, which included a day at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Nick's love affair of roller coaster has been reborn. For the past couple years he's been fascinated with watching, building and thinking up new twists on roller coasters. Riding them is a separate matter.

Before the trip to Santa Cruz, he investigated the Giant Dipper online. But once we were there, he decided to pass.

But since our return home he's been obsessed. We've read the roller coaster book he received for Christmas about three times, we checked out another four books from the library, he looks up roller coasters on the Internet, and he voraciously plays his Roller Coaster Tycoon computer game, engineering all kinds of crazy rides.

Sometimes in the middle of a meal or in the car, you can see his wheels spinning and he'll say something out of the blue about how he would build a roller coaster or describe in detail how a roller coaster ride he saw on YouTube works.

"Mom, you know that part that twists around, well if you ..." or "Mom, do you know that coaster runs on one chain." Sometimes his 7-year-old mind doesn't quite grasp it all, but other times it's impressive how in-depth he thinks about it.

And on the swimming front, Nicky continues to impress. He had a substitute teacher for his lesson last time and the kids didn't get much of a break.

"Mom," Nicky said after his lesson, huffing and puffing. "We had to do TWENTY laps."

A minute later.

"Mom ... did you know the Batman roller coaster ride isn't actually a roller coaster?"

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