Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I admit, if I didn't have better things to do and I still had my three suitcases full of them, I would still play with Legos. They are like the coolest presents I ever got as a kid and minute for dollar, were the most economical presents I had as a child. If I close my eyes, I can still conjure up the sounds of my fingers dragging through the pile looking for that illusive piece to complete my latest creation.
So when it comes to Christmas (and birthdays), I give my daughter a box of Legos not for her enjoyment but for mine. I love watching her put things together using her imagination and it gives me an excuse to play with Legos again under the guise of playing with my daughter. I have given her probably half a dozen boxes over the last few years and like me, she really loves to play with them, but she still doesn't have the accumulation that I had as a kid. We, I mean she, uses too many of one type of Lego brick in the first creation that the second creation suffers. So this year I decided to forgo some other possible presents and give her a BIG box of Legos. Never mind they were for ages 16+ according to the side of the box.
After we got back from Florida and got the little one baptized I cleaned off the end of the table and we spent a week putting what you saw above together. On probably half of the endeavor, I would find the pieces required for the next step and she would put it together, occasionally needing guidance. For the other half, she would find some of the pieces and watch as I put the things together. We both had a lot of fun and it certainly made evenings fly by in our household for a week.
After we got it together, she played with it a bit and then it hit me, she has no earthly idea what a space shuttle was. So together we went onto youtube and watched several videos of the space shuttles taking off and heading off to space. She thought that was the neatest thing ever and has gotten more mileage out of that set than many of her other sets that have houses or fire stations. Hopefully however, the most mileage is yet to come after the space shuttle has been disassembled and added to the rest of the loose legos so she can spend hours building something out of her imagination. Or perhaps while she is off at school, the little one is down for a nap and my wife off at work, I can...