Time Warp Tuesday: the Bobby Car

In 1998, after spending 3 years in Germany, we moved to El Paso, Texas. Talk about culture shock!
Basically, we went from one semi-bilingual place to another, trading cold rain for dust storms. The biggest differences (besides those dust storms) were that neither SuperDad nor I had ever studied Spanish (we’ve encouraged our kids to learn it) and there were many more choices in the stores.

Really, people — how many different kinds of toothpaste and toothbrushes do we need?!? It was seriously overwhelming to go shopping in the United States. 

However, there were some things I really missed from Germany (okay, there were a LOT of things I missed) and the Bobby Car was one of them.

SM and his Bobby Car

SnakeMaster, age 17 months, riding his Bobby Car

Little Tykes brand has nothing on this joy-ride. It is practically untippable.  H-J was a preschooler and still using his on a regular basis, and after SnakeMaster was born, I wanted one for him, too. Perhaps now you can find them on Amazon and buy them here in the United States, but back then? No way, Jose!*  So I did two things: I told Grandma that SM wanted one for Christmas, and I contacted my friend in Germany (who was also a military spouse) and asked her to purchase and mail one to me through the APO system.

These pictures were sent to my mother with the Christmas thank-you notes.

Christmas 2000, my boys

My boys, Christmas 2000

*According to urbandictionary.com:  “Old timer’s vernacular, used to express disbelief or disagreement. You can also use it to say “no” to someone named Jose.”

😀

You’re welcome.
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Time Warp Tuesday is brought to you by Jenn at Juggling Life. Visit here to see the other participants and their photos.

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8 thoughts on “Time Warp Tuesday: the Bobby Car

  1. I remember Bobby Cars – the ultimate toddler vehicle! I also remember the first time I shopped at a Kroger’s – I was SO overwhelmed.

  2. My son had one of those back around 1980 – and I’m sure there’s a picture of that somewhere…
    I’ll have to get into this – I have boxes of old pictures that would bring a smile to some faces.

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