"Open the garage—here comes the car!” is what a parent says to a young child to open the child’s mouth (the “garage") for food (the “car"). The line was used on the animated children’s television show Olivia and has been cited in print since at least the 1990s.
Similar sayings include “Open the hangar—here comes the airplane!” and “Open the tunnel—here comes the train!”
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She took too long savoring one mouthful, and she heard Emma, saying, “C’mon: here comes the car into the garage.” Lisha giggled, managing to open her mouth and say, “Vrrrooom, vrrooom” before Emma had deposited another bite of dinner on her tongue.
Guiding the Family:
Practical counseling techniques
By Bernice Bronia Grunwald and Harold V. McAbee
Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Brothers
For instance, a mother may say, “I imagine your mouth is a garage, and the spoon is a big Buick getting into the garage to park. Open the garage door wide, and here comes the Buick; now close the door; swallow the Buick, and make room for the next car.”
The Fiery Cross
By Diana Gabaldon
New York, NY: Dell
“When I was little,” she said, ignoring his scowl, “my parents said things like, ‘Here comes the tugboat, open the drawbridge!’ ‘Open the garage, here comes the car!’ — but I can’t use those with Jem.
Aussie Deaf Kids
Play is eating. Mothers and fathers use games such as “Open the garage, here comes the car,” to make eating into play.
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Saturday, March 06, 2010
M: (Feeding Lauren)
E: Mommy! I want to feed him!
M: Feed her?
E: Yes! Feed him. I want to do it ALL BY MYSELF!
M: Okay. You have to be very gentle and careful.
E: Here comes the car… Open the garage!
M: Did you just say “here comes the car, open the garage?”
M: Where did you hear that?