The lively tune played on repeat as we neared the entrance. Two of my grandchildren were in the back seat bouncing along to the beat and singing to the chorus. They were as excited as we were for this excursion on the first hot day of the year. Where does one take two preschoolers when it’s 90 degrees out and no air conditioning at home?
At the car wash Workin' at the car wash, girl Come on and sing it with me (Car wash) Sing it with the feelin' y'all (Car wash, yeah) (Work and work) Well, those cars never seem to stop coming (Work and work) Keep those rags and machines humming (Work and work) My fingers to the bone (Work) Can't wait 'til it's time to go home (Hey, get your car washed today) Fill up and you don't have to pay Come on and give us a play (Do the wash, right away)
We were babysitting overnight and my car was covered in pine pollen and bird droppings so a trip to the car wash was first on our fun list of things to do. It was my youngest grandson’s first visit to the car wash and we knew that this could go either way as we entered the dark tunnel to the unknown.
We verbally prepared them each step of the way, first by making a big deal about not having any hands on the wheels and the car magically driving into the darkened abyss. We told them about the spray of water coming, the blue suds being showered on, and then the scrubbing flaps on each side. They loved the monster scrubbing wheels that came down from no where and made the car rumble with its commotion. And finally the air blowing loudly and drying my car making it sparkle and shine like new.
We exited the tunnel and all they could say was “WOW! Let’s go again!” We agreed it was a load of fun and certainly well worth the $12 for the memories and for a clean car. We started up the song again clapping even louder than before and said: “Maybe tomorrow we will come back with your dad’s car!”
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