My son was often with me while I was finishing "My Town".
He was going to preschool only 2 or 3 days a week, staying with me the rest of the time.
It's a choice we've made, a fine balance between a full working mom and a stay at home mom.
We enjoy our time together tremendously.
Bibu was really interested in the process of making "My Town".
He created his own models, would grab my prototypes as soon as finished (I made them twice, one for him, one for me) , and played with them for hours.
The idea of the garage model is his, and he was paid for it in brownie bites and Legos (for real).
I would spend most of my time with him when he was home, but sometimes I would work a bit while he was busy with his toy cars. He likes to play on my desk while I work and I cherish these quiet times.
I remember a busy Thursday : I was a bit in a hurry, trying to get hold of my fancy new camera before lunch time. And it was not going at all as I wanted.
I finally was about to take the picture when...
A little hand and a car appeared in the viewfinder! Bibu thought something was missing in the shoot and trying to help. I kindly explained I felt my houses were perfectly fine without any Hot Wheels ™ addition, and since he didn't agree, I suggested I made my photo shoot and then organized his very own.
So he went for his prototypes, waited patiently (hum), then carefully created his idea of "My Town" on the set :
I helped him with the camera...Et voilà: Bibu's very own photo shoot (at 4 and a half!)
To Bibu's point of view, it was exactly what he wanted out of the book.
Lunch hour was past due , but my photos were done and his too. We ended up at a Dinners nearby eating grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries because it was too late for cooking and we felt like celebrating.
Watching the shot with Bibu, it gave me the idea to add a map with roads at the end of the book, so you can use the little houses as a scenery for toy cars if you fancy it...
Totally nails it, right?
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Note:My town was translated from French and certainly not by me, Delphine, because my English is not good enough!