ENGINE - ROUND - ROUND


| January/February 1997



The 4 HP Columbus

Eddy and Holly sitting in the garage in front of the 4 HP Columbus.

2211 W. Sigler Rd. Carleton, Michigan 48117

Engine - round - round are common household words at the Laginess home. Eddy and Holly, twin son and daughter of Ed and Karen Laginess, have taken a great interest in their Daddy's engines at the age of two. Is this brainwashing or what??

Eddy and Holly became interested in engines at 15 months old. Their Daddy would sit in the rocking chair showing them all his prize engines in the American Gasoline Engines book, along with all the different engines in his latest GEM. At 18 months the kids figured out how to get into the rocking chair themselves, so they did what Daddy did get the GEM out of the box and read it. It was a constant battle to keep the kids from ripping pages out of the latest issue. That also includes the book that no longer has a cover and is missing several pages.

This had to stop. So, Ed packed up all his good magazines and put them away and replaced them with old issues plus the coverless book. This made Mom's job somewhat easier, not having to worry about what GEMs they did or didn't have. At clean up time, the pages that are ripped out go in the trash and the rest go back in the box.

Since the kids are getting closer to two, they can communicate more. Little Eddy has taken a big interest in his daddy's hobby. He is always asking to go out in the garage to see Daddy's engine and gets extremely upset when he can't. Most of the time he is pacified with climbing up in the rocking chair, pulling out the GEM that sparks his interest and flipping through the pages. First he will notice whatever is on the cover saying, 'putt-putt' (for tractor) and with his little mumble, 'engine, engine.' While flipping through the pages he will pick out all the engines and putt-putts. He is usually okay until his sister comes up and wants the GEM that he has. After a short squabble, Eddy will gladly get a different GEM. Holly will sit on the hearth and read hers, too.

At dinner time Eddy and Holly always notice the small engine model and toy tractor above the doorway. They also love it when Daddy gives them small toy steam engines and models to play with. Of course, under Daddy's supervision.