Nate is an obsessive kid but he has never been obsessed with something for so long and with such ferocity as he is with airplanes. The first thing Nate asks for every morning is his airplanes, and then he plays with them and talks about them all day long. He makes them fly all around the world and rattles off fun facts about how many engines or propellers each one has.
This is Nate's prized possession--a DC-9. It used to be called "airplane blue wheels" until Grandpa Green set us straight. Nate probably has seven or eight different airplanes, not including the ones he pilfered from Grandma Lowe's house, but for some reason the DC-9 reigns supreme.
Our friends the Shoemakers caught wind of Nate's love for airplanes and very kindly invited us to go see their small plane at the Palo Alto airport last week. This was probably the highlight of Nate's entire life up this point. In fact, I'm not sure it will ever be surpassed.
He got to sit in the cockpit and push buttons, sit on the wing, and spin the propeller. All the while, planes and helicopters were taking off and landing right next to us. He was in aviation heaven.
|sitting on the wing|
|Sophie and Max, our gracious hosts|