Once in the studio, Michael was rapt at being surrounded by zillions of soldiers filling shelves and surfaces. He had plenty of questions especially about my home-made pewter soldiers. By the time we got back up to the house he had a new interest and I had a Toy Soldiers Forever! ammo chest for him filled with BMC figures. he was off and running setting up his own battles.
With each scenario he'd ask Susan or I which battle it looked like. "Malvern Hill" I'd say, "because the Yankees have all the cannons and they're on the high ground." It quickly became clear to him that there was some method, as well as history involved. He was really having a very good time.
He'd ask our opinion of his various scenarios and wanted to preserve them in pictures.
Later that afternoon Susan brought him out to Antietam and with my employee discount I was able to load him up with the BMC/Americana Dunker Church and Burnside Bridge, both of which come with more soldiers. He got loaded up with reinforcements and I got off really cheap!
Seems to me the hobby continues in new and enthusiastic hands.
Reminds me of another nine-year-old...
some fifty years ago.