It's the way he processes how these devices operate. What they pay out, as it were.
So it came as little surprise to me Saturday morning when, upon seeing a candy vending machine laden with selection buttons at our local community center, Lukas sprinted over to it and started to press the buttons. In truth, he looked as if he had purpose while doing so. It was not unlike some scene from a technological thriller where the protagonist is tasked with cracking a secret code as a timer quickly ticks down towards zero and our ultimate demise.
However, once I approached to shepard him along to our intended destination, he stopped pressing buttons and instead reached his hand into the coin return slot.
And pulled out 2 shiny quarters!
Excited at his payout, Lukas then implored me to lift him up so that he could drop the quarters into the money slot of the machine. Once he had done this, I lowered him back to the floor where he peered once again into the coin return. Not wanting to disappoint my son, I surreptitiously pulled the coin return lever.
Down dropped not 2, but 3 quarters!!
At that point Mrs. LIAYF came along and reminded us that to keep on schedule we needed to get going. As we walked in the sunshine back towards our car, Lukas stopped more than once and mentioned that he wanted to go back to the machine and "Get some more money!", which brought a predictable chuckle and "If only" response, from his mother and I.
Then today, during our first outing with our son to the local bowling alley, as we were finishing up and getting ready to leave, Lukas spotted a drink vending machine tucked away against a lonely far wall and sprinted towards it. Mrs. LIAYF followed him as I payed little attention while I busied myself gathering our belongings off the bench.
Not a minute later, as I was almost fully loaded with our gear, something shiny caught my eye. It was my son, with a huge smile on his face, holding a quarter up in his outstretched hand. "Look what I found Daddy!" he exclaimed.
I smiled, patted his head, and told him "We may be on to something big here, son."
You can look for us coming soon to a vending machine near you.