Thursday, January 3, 2013


Today we pursued our passions.

After a week away spent skiing, my son was eager to hang out at home, build his Christmas LEGO set, and read. He shuttled back and forth between building and reading, sometimes having a graphic novel open next to him with the LEGO pieces spread out before him.

LEGO 4x4 in process

The truck he's building has 1,327 pieces, three motors, and a remote control. He's really taking it to a new level. We had sensed that his interest in bricks, Bionicles, and Hero Factory was waning slightly and thought he was up to a new challenge. He most certainly is.

assembling LEGO truck

I loved watching how engaged he was with the whole project. Every few steps, he'd plug all the motors in, just to ensure that the gears were still working properly before proceeding further. He'd gleefully prattle on about it, tossing around words like chassis and suspension.

directions for LEGO truck

I'm wildly impressed, as this is one complicated machine he's putting together. I wouldn't have the patience for three thick booklets of intricate directions and the assembly of all those tiny pieces. IKEA furniture tests the limits of my patience, and it has significantly fewer types of pieces. Did you see the tiny pieces? I'll show you again.

LEGO 4x4 assembly

While he was pursuing his favorite hobby, I decided to do the same. I picked up my camera to capture him at work. He was so focused on his work that I didn't distract him, but he was also so proud that he was pleased to have me capture the moment.

He was very intent that I include the box in the photos, so that anyone viewing them would understand what his masterpiece will look like when complete. I liked his suggestion because I was able to capture a portrait of my master builder at work and within his work (and without showing his face so that I could share with you here).

boy's shadow on LEGO box

As of bedtime tonight, the most anticipated step had been completed--the machine now has wheels. He still needs to build the remainder of the vehicle, but required a substantial break to drive the truck around the house, testing what type of obstacles it could overtake. I watched him with a remote control and a truck he built himself, and listened to him scheme with his dad about the ramps, jumps, and obstacle courses they could create. It was a quintessential little boy moment. Passionate in the extreme.

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  1. I love your pictures and the story of you both enjoying your hobbies. Tell your son that is a great lego masterpiece. Have a great Tuesday, Cynthia!

  2. Thanks, Malisa. My son was up at dawn to finish that project the next day, and it's been driving over many an obstacle ever since. Thanks for reading!