September 07, 2006

Back to the Barefoot Lego Dance

The summer's dinosaur obsession seems to be waning. We're back to all Legos, all the time. The Boy checked out The Ultimate Lego Book at the library again and has revised his Christmas list from all dinosaur stuff to half dinosaur and half Lego. I even got asked by The Boy if I could teach him Danish to give him a leg up on working as a Lego designer some day. In days gone by, boys dreamed of being policemen and firemen. My son informed me at an early age that those professions were "too dangerous." So far, he wants to be a paleontologist, Lego designer and animator for Pixar.

Although, the dinosaur obsession ended about the time he tried to convince me to take the bones of three chickens and convert them into a "dinosaur skeleton" (thank goodness that bullet got dodged), I almost miss the dinosaur phase and the endless stream of facts. The toys were limited to a few plastic dinosaurs generally set up in a scene somewhere around the house.

Legos are not so containable. Although I try to insist that they stay upstairs, the sharp little toys seem to migrate, and they never seem to all get cleaned up at once. Sigh. At least the girl's don't seem too interested in Legos, so perhaps I'll get a respite from their mess eventually.

By the way, besides a lot of Legos that have been given directly to The Boy over the past year or two, we have what The Boy refers to as "heirloom Legos" or "really old Legos from Daddy's childhood." And my husband was equally, if not more, obessessed with Legos. And we got all my little brother's Legos. We're infested with the things.


Everybody plays with Legos in our house. I too try to have them stay upstairs, but it is a losing battle. I now fully understand why my mother said that her favorite sound in the world was the tell tale rattle of a Lego being sucked up by the vacuum cleaner.

Posted by: Sarah G. at September 7, 2006 07:33 PM

My Lego-obsessed son is now a 9th grader who has entered several Lego Robotics competitions (and placed very well, even on the state level). As a result, he has decided that he probably wants to go to Georgia Tech and be a mechanical engineer. It is amazing how far Lego's can take a kid!!!

Posted by: chewymom at September 8, 2006 04:52 AM

They have some good robot kits. My youngster just got the Fall catalog the other day. At first he said he wanted a few things out of it, but he has not said much lately. He does not have the patience/sit-to-itiveness (is that a word?) to play with Legos for very long.

Let me know if your son does not get the Legos catalog and I can see if arrangements can be made to get mail in his own name (always a thrill for a youngster).

Posted by: MarcV at September 8, 2006 10:10 AM

Legoland in CA offers Homeschool discount days. $17/person several Fridays a month during the school year. You'd have a place to stay if you decide to visit!

Posted by: beth at September 8, 2006 11:49 AM

Beth, The Boy dreams of going to one of the Legolands. I think he has the layouts and different features of the different parks memorized.

So if we ever get to California, we'll definitely be going there.

Posted by: Jordana at September 8, 2006 12:10 PM