I’m hoping other moms will be able to relate to an internal struggle I’ve been having as I attempt to parent my almost-three-year-old son with honesty and integrity.
I don’t know the proper names of construction trucks.
When my son first began noticing construction sites and pointing to trucks as we passed them on the road, it wasn’t a big deal. He couldn’t really talk, so a simple, “Yes, I see that truck!” from me was sufficient.
Time passed and his obsession with construction equipment grew. I compensated by calling every truck a backhoe loader. I figured the double name made it twice as likely that I’d be right. For a while, he bought it. I am his mother, after all, and he trusts what I say.
Now that he’s even more curious than he is verbal, I can tell that he knows I’m a Construction School Drop-out. So, I recently set out to learn the names of a few construction trucks. I took some pictures at various construction sites around Charleston and have recorded my research here in hopes of helping another mama. Maybe you?
a backhoe loader an EXCAVATOR:
Excavators, from what I understand, dig big holes. They are also sometimes called “diggers” because life is already complicated enough to worry with vague names that are difficult to spell.
This is a
backhoe loader BULLDOZER:
My source tells me that a bulldozer pushes dirt. (My source is my husband, so if that’s not true, blame him.) A bulldozer is sometimes called a dozer. I am also sometimes called a dozer, especially when I’m listening to my husband talk about construction trucks.
This is a
backhoe loader ROAD ROLLER:
I thought this was called a steam roller, but apparently that is not correct. My source explained why, but I wasn’t listening. I was busy staring at this picture of my precious son while praying that road rollers have really sturdy parking brakes.
This, my friends. THIS IS A BACKHOE LOADER!
I’m still not clear on which end is the “backhoe” and which is the “loader.” I think that material is covered in Postgraduate Construction School.
Despite my exhaustive research, I fear I’m still not much of a construction truck expert. I did find, however, that there is a truck that gets me as excited as a toddler in a mud pit:
Am I right, ladies?