Going to the New York Auto Show has been a favorite springtime event for me for many years. I used to drag my wife and make her sit in each car and listen to me talk about the positives and negatives of each model.
About 10 years ago, with my oldest son, then 4, my wife decides that my yearly auto show trips should be a father-son event and that she no longer would have to go and listen to me. So off we go.
We take a train into the city and walk to Javits. In order to keep my son motivated and excited to see every display, I let him sit in each car that he wants to sit in, talk to any of the exhibitors he wants to, but I also tell him that there is a big surprise at the end.
He proceeds to talk to all the presenters, and telling them what he likes and what he doesn't. He was having a great time.
Finally, we have seen all of the exhibits and it is time for the surprise. This was the year that there was a very large OnStar demonstration with the Batmobile. We walk to the hall and as we approach the Batmobile, his eyes light up like I have never seen before. He couldn't believe he was seeing the real Batmobile.
We walk our way over to the velvet ropes and my son only wants to touch it--just like all the other kids (and many adults too!). A presentation was going on and one of the presenters comes over to my son and starts talking to him with the microphone.
Presenter: Hi. What is your name?
Harrison: My name is Harrison.
Harrison then takes the microphone and holds it and says into it, "I'm little Bat, my Dad is Big Bat!"
He looks at me a little surprised that he said that, since "our thing" was that I was Batman but he wasn't allowed to give my identity away...but I smiled and he felt comfortable.
And then he says..."and that is our car."
Without hesitation, the presenter picks him up and puts him into the car. His eyes light up. He was so excited. He's part of their presentation.
Presenter: What does your father do when he locks his keys in the car?
Harrison: My father never locks his keys in the car.
Presenter: What does your father do when he needs directions?
Harrison: My father always knows where he is going.
The presenters were great. They adapted their presentation and had a lot of fun with my son. And of course, I was so proud of how he stood up for his father, but more importantly, how much fun he had.
Although I told him the surprise would be great, I would never had expected it to be that wonderful.
It also cemented our yearly trips into the city to the auto show. And now his younger brother joins us too!
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