Brandon (13 year old nephew) is really an extraordinary young man. He has lots of interests and is passionate about each one of them. He's always got something going on and when he focus on a project... he gives it his entire attention and 100% effort. He is tireless when he's working on something he enjoys... and he enjoys so much... it's hard to keep up with him. The kid loves farming of all kinds but he has taken a particular interest in dairy cattle over the last few years. He has a growing herd of his own that keeps him pretty busy, but before he had that... he had his own "dairy" that he would work on. Brandon's "dairy" was a miniature set complete with cattle, barns, farm house and equipment. He had so many pieces that he set it up on two 8 foot tables in the garage. It was really a sight to see. Each piece was so meticuloiusly placed and so perfect that you actually felt as if you were getting an arieal view of a real farm. I loved looking at the "dairy" when I'd go over. Sometimes (to tease him) I'd move things around... just to see if he noticed. One time, I wiped out a whole section and told him that a tornado must have gone through. It was only a matter of minutes before he'd have everything back in it's proper place... just like new.
Today, when I walked into the garage... the "dairy" was gone. Brandon had taken the time to pack everything up to prepare for the move they'll be making to a new home at the end of the month. The only thing that was left out was the barn. And...just like ours, it was empty. My heart sank. It was as if Brandon went on the cow kill too. I had to laugh at myself as I sat there in shock. Why was I experiencing this reaction over toys? It seems so silly... but when you stop and recognize the emotion that goes along with the toys (for both Brandon and me) maybe it's a little easier to understand.
I'll feel better when Brandon has moved and reassembled his "dairy." He has his own building at his new house where he can store all of his stuff and from what I've been told, that's where the "dairy" will go. I can't wait. When it's up and running again, I'll be sure to follow up with some pictures.