July 10, 2013

(Le)tting (Go)

For the past six years they have meant everything to my two boys.

Now I don't know what will happen to them.  My kids are growing up and they seem to moving on from something that has really become a part of our family.  


They are part of our family
Thousands upon thousands of little plastic bricks and hundreds upon hundreds of minifigures just sitting by waiting for their turn again. But will it come?  The truth is my boys go through phases like I'm sure a lot of kids do and we as parents have fed their obsessions.  Whether it's been Toy Story, Star Wars, or Cars my kids get so wrapped up in it, that that's all they ask for for Christmas or their birthdays.  While some things have come and gone, one thing has remained constant... Legos.

You could always count on the boys to ask for them as gifts and I was always happy to oblige.  But things are starting to change.  Carter didn't ask for any sets for his birthday; he only wanted things that involved basketball or football.  I don't know how much he actually liked playing with them from the start, they sort of frustrated him. But Tyler was different, he could sit for hours and pretend that these guys were his friends.  

In many ways they have been. 

Tyler's birthday is this weekend and he is turning nine(!?) and this is the first birthday since he started to ask for presents that he hasn't asked us for Legos.  I knew that this day was coming, but I don't think I was fully prepared for it to arrive.  I could always count on going to the store and picking up a few sets as presents, but now the Lego aisle is starting to be one that I skip, just like the ones that have all the Star Wars, Toy Story, and Cars toys in them.

His latest obsession is baseball and more specifically the New York Mets.  While I am thrilled that he is able to find new things to love, especially something as fun as baseball is, I just wish he wouldn't move on from things from his past so soon.  

If it is so easy for him to let go, why is it so hard for me?  

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?



  1. I have one who could take them or leave them and one who plays for hours also. It gives us a great excuse to play with toys that we really loved when we were young but had to put down when we grew up. Do like I do, sneak in their room and play with the LEGOs while no one is around.

  2. This just doesn't compute for me. Legos are so synonymous with your family that I think I'M upset by this. But we've seen them outgrow so many things already that were (seemingly) such important parts of their lives, haven't we? Makes you appreciate living in the now.

  3. There will be other "important" things I'm sure... as long as they don't outgrow us.

  4. If you have seen any of my videos you know that I already do that.

  5. As long as they don't outgrow us...

  6. If you've seen my video, you know I already do that.

  7. I've seen a few, gave me some great ideas on shooting some with the kids. Working on some stop motion stuff.

  8. My wife's parents just found all of my brother-in-law's lego sets from 20 years ago in their basement, complete with instruction books. Put a bunch of the sets together and shipped them to him across country. Still waiting to hear if they made it assembled, or if he has some work ahead of him.