meet a Small Fry: Oscar

Meet Oscar. Oscar likes vaccuums. Scratch that, he loves them. Eats, sleeps, dreams, talks about, plays with, vacuums. We wish we were imaginative enough to make this story up, but it is all truth. Oscar’s mom, Sarah (the owner of Pepper Lou Turbans – darling headwear for little girls that we swoon over!) isn’t quite sure where this fascination originated, but we love to hear all about Oscar’s vacuum adventures. One day while we were all at a play date we overheard Oscar go into our friend’s office, get wide eyed when he saw their vacuum and said under his breath excitedly, “They have an Oreck!” At only three years he can tell you features, shapes, colors, and uses of just about any vacuum on the market, he’s passionate about it and he can’t help but share it with anyone who might inquire. We wanted you to meet Oscar today because he is simply the sweetest boy, caring and loving to all, and loyal to a fault. We so admire his dedication, his individuality and fearlessness to blaze an unbeaten path.


What is your name? Oscar James

How old are you? Three.

Who is your mom? [points] You!

What does your mom do? Play.

Who is your dad? Daddy!

What does your dad do? Work.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A vacuum.

What is your favorite food? Umm, carrots. Gross ones. I like gross carrots.


What food do you not like? Umm, stinky ones.

What is your favorite animal? Umm, not a cow. A moose!

Where do you want to live when you grow up? At home.

Who do you want to marry? Daddy.

What do mom and dad do after you go to bed? Sleep!

What is your favorite song? [he sings a made up vacuum song.]

Who is your favorite person? Mommy and daddy and Pepper [sister] and Oskie [himself]!

Who is your best friend? Daddy and Miss Korbi [his preschool teacher.]

What is your favorite book? Umm, a vacuum one.


Who is your sister? Pepper.

Where did Pepper come from? A crib.

What is your favorite thing to do? Color.

What would you buy with a million dollars? Vacuums!

Why is the sky blue? Cause at morning it’s blue. At night it’s at black. At morning it’s a blue.

How would the world be different if animals could talk? [laughing] No! The animals don’t talk.

What are 5 words that describe you? Umm, an owl. I could eat you.

What was a time that you felt lucky? [Just looks at mom, nodding yes.]

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be? A vacuum. A Hoover T Series.

If you could give a gift to every child in the world, what would it be? A vacuum.

What is your favorite place in the world? Home.

What is your favorite vacuum?  Hoover T Series. Cause it has a hose and a filter and a HEPA filter. And brushes. And wheels.

Why are vacuums so cool? Cause Bissel is.

Meet a Small Fry: Oscar

And because behind every passionate kid is one supportive mom, here’s what Sarah has to say about Oskie:

“Oscar is my favorite boy in the world. He amazes me everyday and makes me laugh so hard. He is the most kind-hearted child I know. He cuddles me and loves me everyday and is so-o forgiving. He’s always loved his little sister even when she hasn’t exactly loved him back. He always wants to play, with anyone and everyone. He loves to laugh and be wild. And he has an obsession with vacuums. He never took to trains or trucks or superheros. Only vacuums. I thought it would be a stage at first, but I honestly think he will always love them. We have completely embraced it and trip over vacuums all day everyday at home, but it is worth it because they really do make him so happy, and that’s all we want for our children, right? I do worry about what friends will say or do down the road, but I feel like if I make him know everyday how cool he is maybe he won’t care as much about what they think of him. I hope. I love how he is different and I think his brain is so smart. When we are at the fire station and all the kids are dying over the big trucks and oscar is in the corner with a Shop Vac that he found, I hope he knows that I am so proud of him and love how unique and different he is.”

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  • Jennifer
    January 23, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Such a cute idea! And how adorable is this little guy!?!

  • Jenna
    January 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

    What a cutie! And I absolutely love this interview, how very sweet. He seems like such an awesome person.

  • Brandy
    January 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My good friend’s son is also obsessed with vacuums, Dyson to be exact. She even threw him a Vacuum themed 3rd birthday party. Quirky dudes these guys.

  • Melissa Hughes
    January 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Dear Oscar,
    You have the most awesome Mom ever! You are so lucky to have parents that embrace your passion. You are an extra special little guy. Never change.
    P.s. I still remember the very day I got my first Dyson vacuum that was 8 years ago and it is still going strong! Vacuums are super awesome and so are you!

  • Lindsey Pinegar
    January 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    The sweetest❤

  • katies pencil box
    January 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    eeep! this little guy is destined for a big life!
    what a treat to read…

  • Laura Parke
    January 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

    what an adorable little boy. i love his passion for vacuums! thanks for sharing this interview with this adorable little sweetheart!

  • Amy W
    January 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This boy is the cutest! His love for vacuums makes me smile. So darling.

  • mara
    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    vacuums eh?? who would’ve thought!? that’s so awesome, i love it. reminds me of monica on friends…vacuuming her vacuums…

    he’s a total stud!

  • Ishel Brimhall
    January 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

    He is adorable! and what passion at such a young age! You go Oscar!

  • Allison
    January 23, 2013 at 11:13 am

    That’s my nephew! Love that kid! And I love that his mom is so supportive. A lot of moms would try to push their kids away from this obsession. But not Sarah, she embraces him and his love of vacuums. I think that is one of a kind. Such a great kid!

  • Maria Bryan
    January 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    That is one cute kid…and an AMAZING mama. My now 14 year old had very “unique” obsessions when he was young…the strangest being The Black Angus restaurant symbol (i know). My family always gave me a hard time for fostering his weird obsessions but I just always let his beautiful mind guide my way to parent him…not the other way around. He is now 14 and a BRILLIANT musician…to say he makes me proud is an understatement. To this mama I say….GREAT JOB…and may BEAUTIFUL vaccum loving mind continue to bloom!

  • Irene
    January 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    This is the cutest!…I love Sarah!…and her boy is adorable!

  • Hayley
    January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Such a sweet boy. Love seeing the lives of these little ones.

  • Julie
    January 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Sarah, your little man is the best! So full of personality.

  • Rog
    January 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t even have words. I too love vacuums. I’m actually doing a photographic series on vacuum portraits. Email me from this form and I’ll send you the link. I’d love to hear what oscar thinks of my photos. Tell him I’m photographing a Royal from the 50’s.

    Seriously, I want to be in touch.

    • sarah thompson
      January 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      what link?? i can’t wait to show him the photos!

  • Erica
    January 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    i can’t get over this love for vacuums! so precious!

  • Julie
    January 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I’ve been reading SF for awhile now but have yet to comment…Oskie you KILL me!!! What a little sweetheart! Cheers to mom for letting him be himself!

    • Small Fry
      January 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      thanks for reading. oscar is the PERFECT post for your first comment 🙂

  • Nicole Davis
    January 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I love that handsome Oscar, and his amazing mama! Osc is going to do big things because his mom is so supportive and encouraging. Lucky kid!

  • Rachael
    January 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Oh, I love this!! He sounds like an amazing little boy! It is true…all we want is for our little ones to feel loved and accepted!
    What an awesome family!

  • Liv
    February 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    When I was a nursery leader a few years ago, one of the moms warned me to NEVER bring up vacuums with her 3yr old b/c he was obsessed with them (at the time). If he ever heard the word, he’d cry until he could use one.


    It’s strange that this is a common obsession amongst kids! My 2yr old is terrified of them.

  • Jill
    February 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I loved reading this interview! I have a four year old son, named Oscar James, and one of his nicknames is Oskie-bug. He is terrified of the vacuum.

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