As many parents of Fragile X know, our guys (and girls!) can be a little obsessed with things. The professionals call it having high interest areas. For years, Drew has loved watching elevator videos. I used to think it was strange, but now when I go to a hotel, I find myself thinking, Hey this is an Otis, or, Oh, it's a Schindler. I bet the door close button doesn't work. Who knew?! Anyway, he watches these videos of elevators on YouTube. There is a user with the username DieselDucy. These are some of Drew's favorite videos. DieselDucy actually holds a train in his hand at the beginning of all his videos. Like this:
Drew, of course, has picked up on this and adapted it for himself. I have talked with many Fragile X parents, and another thing our kids have in common is the need for props. If you are watching Horton Hears a Who you need to hold a flower. If you are watching Rosie and Jim, you need an accordian. So, when you are watching DieselDucy elevators, you need a train to hold. We don't have a train just like DieselDucy's, so Drew has taken to holding Thomas the Tank Engine while watching the videos.
I was out Christmas shopping one day, and was having a hard time finding things for Drew. I stopped and thought, What does Drew really like? Elevators. And then I thought maybe I could get him a DieselDucy train. I looked at all the Thomas trains and Chuggington trains and the generic ones, too. They weren't just like it, and I thought if I was going to try to make one, I had better get the train part right, anyway. So, I found out who DieselDucy is and contacted him about what kind of train it is.
He was very nice and we had a great conversation. He told me that they are fairly easy to find on Ebay. They are Matchbox brand and were made in England in 1978, I believe. We bought two. I got some paint and set out to duplicate DieselDucy's trains. This is what they originally looked like:
Eric roughed them up with some sandpaper so the paint would stick better. Then I used this photo as my guide:
And this is what I came up with: