Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pieces of Imagination

Mr. Snarky and I were talking the other night about college and art and the news when out of left field he says " It's too bad society frowns on adults playing with Legos."

I don't make this stuff up.

Legomaniac. 1998
We both really miss Legos. I once sold a bedroom suit that was in our then guestroom (now office) so that it could be completely empty except for thousands of Legos; we spent hours and hours there.

 My son and I both drool over the new sets that come out. We are especially fond of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones ones. For some reason my daughter thinks this makes us extremely nerdy (I don't think a woman who keeps 4 color-coded calendars should be judging anyone).  Sometimes in Target we wander over to the toy aisle. We both pretend we are lost and then say something clever to hide our true intention like "How did we end up here? Oh look at that one. I wish they'd had that when...."

At that point our sadness overwhelms us and we go to electronics.

Electronics is the socially acceptable department for a mother and grown son to be in. 

Christmas is especially hard on many toy ads...

I think they are, quite simply, the best toy ever made.

Once when my son was young I heard a mother say "I don't let them have Legos. I don't want to have to pick up all those tiny pieces."

I'm sure this constitutes child abuse. DHS should have an entire department to deal with it. Her child has doubtless suffered irreparable spatial ability damage. I hope she's happy.

So when Mr. Snarky and I  were discussing the adult/Lego quandary the other evening I cheered him by reminding him that his sister is getting married soon and in the not-too-distant future he will probably be an uncle. It is perfectly acceptable for adults to play with toys if children are present.

His face lit up as he pictured the enormous bin shoved in the back of an upstairs closet chocked full of thousands (possibly tens of thousands) of tiny plastic pieces of imagination.

"It's the real reason people have children." I said.


He got a funny look on his face.

Ooops...probably shouldn't have let that little adult secret out of the bag.

1 comment:

  1. oh, i remember that face. and btw, hannah still has her box of legos in the bonus room closet. sometimes, when small children come over, she gets them out.