When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'that knowledge is for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.' ~ George Washington CarverHot Wheels miniature cars and trucks in those long plastic packages hanging on the hooks in the toy section of Walmart and Target and ToysRUs. These were the favorite gift for those hard to buy for little four, five and six year old boys whose mothers made them invite the little girls in their class to the birthday party. At that time, when my daughter Nyssa was small, there were fewer video games and Nintendo had not yet become so sophisticated and children still had imaginations and played under their own power. Give a little boy, or girl for that matter, one of these cars and perhaps a tiny dump truck or fire engine and they could devise a complex scenario and play it out on the floor or better yet, on the top of the kitchen counter or table. I have seen them take sticks and boards and build ramps to run the cars down in races, even before the toy makers figured out that making a dedicated racetrack accessory might be appealing. They do still sell these miniature cars, don't they?
We saw this small radio controlled racing boat skimming across the water and kicking up quite a spray of droplets behind it. Through the reeds and the rushes by the bank it almost looked like its full sized counterpart, except there is no driver on board and this small lake at Mt. Trashmore would not be large enough for those huge and powerful speed racers to maneuver in. The man controlling this from the shore was having a blast though.
Of course, this is my favorite example of "miniature". Nyssa was about seven in this picture when she and Uncle Stephen and I took in a game of miniature golf here in Virginia Beach. We always tried to play at least once when we visited as Columbus was notoriously small and didn't really have a good mini golf course. None of us were very good at it, but we had a lot of fun. Those were the days.
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Saturday Photo Hunt ~ "miniature"