So for Eggplant's birthday we are going to build him his very own workshop. We'll be stripping the room of anything unnecessary -- like stuffed animals -- adding outdoor carpeting to protect the floor, and adding shelves to the wall -- which we will line with clear plastic bins for tinkering parts. I have requested from Granpa, himself a tinkerer, any odd nuts, bolts, tools, etc. he might find in his own tinkering places. We'll keep his bed and dresser in there, of course. Basically, it will be a workshop with a place to sleep. My part of the gift is that I will let him keep it as he wishes (I'll need therapy and possibly some psycho-tropic drugs to do this, but I will try my best).
When I told Eggplant the non-surprise parts of the plan, he immediately sat down and wrote me a list of things he will need: wheels, steering wheel, axle, gears, windows, engine. Oh my goodness -- the boy plans on building a car! We'd better re-read the part in the Ford book about how Ford built his Quadricycle INSIDE his workshop and so had to tear down the walls to get it outside. Thankfully, we have good renter's insurance, but we might want to look over our lease a bit more carefully.
And so continues Eggplant's pursuit of merckeration.