Writer’s Block: Look out for the Lego explosion

As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson

It’s a statement I am certain both of my kids would agree with.

That’s due in large part to the Christmas holiday later this month. What kid wouldn’t be excited about spending time with family, complete with tasty treats and arms full of gifts?

Of course, we work to instill in them the true meaning of the season, but at seven and nine, I know that the lure of brightly wrapped packages concealing long-hoped for items is sometimes too tempting to resist.

This time of year full of extra presents as my son’s birthday is in early December.

That makes for a perfect storm for Lego explosions at the Johnson house.

You see, he loves to build and construct and it seems that all he ever has on his birthday or Christmas list is Lego sets.

Friends and family are more than happy to oblige, gifting him with a wide variety of sets to feed hunger for building.

In the hours following the unwrapping, he can be found huddled by the table, building until his heart’s content. Of course, there’s usually a few missteps that require some guidance from mom and dad and even from his big sister, which we are more than happy to assist with.

Even our daughter has developed an interest in Legos, requesting her own sets this holiday season.

All this building is great. The kids are learning invaluable skills and we get to spend some quality time as a family.

But once these sets are built, the real dilemma begins. Where to store these items so all that hard work is not destroyed in a few short days?

When my son first discovered Legos, he was content to build and play with his creation. If they broke, it was no matter. The Legos were combined with others and shaped into new pieces formed from imagination and a stock of random Legos stored in a bin.

As he’s got older, however, he has a desire to preserve the creations. That means we are returning to prior Lego instruction books and bins and bins of Legos in an attempt to rebuild.

To say it’s challenging to find the correct pieces is an understatement. It’s nearly impossible, even with smaller bins in the larger bins to sort pieces by color, shape and size.

The end result is a Lego explosion with pieces spread across the floor, leading to pieces inadvertently transported to other areas of the house and stepped on (which is extremely tough on the feet) or “played” with by the dog.

Hours and hours later, the desired Lego set is reassembled (if we are lucky enough to find all the necessary pieces) and placed in a bag (which has become my son’s storage method of choice) for safe keeping.

At least with the Star Wars ship in a bag, if it is broken all the pieces are together and it can be safely reassembled.

There just isn’t enough dresser and shelf space in his room to leave them on display. We have drawers storing them in his closet and other items to house the finished products.

There are also bins to store the Legos that came without items to build and allow him and his sister to use their creativity to build cars, rockets or whatever else they imagine.

What we really need is an addition on our house to allow more space to store these creations. We better get to it quick because the Lego explosion will continue again in a few short days!

  • Gwen Klaesges

    Dear Kelly Johnson, I have wanted to send you a “thank you” note through the mail but unable to find an address so finding this site I decided to send it this way.

    Myself and our club are sincerely thankful to you for the article you wrote. Placing it on the front page for us on both the Shopper and Arts and Entertainment gave us the coverage we needed to get the word out and as a result we have 14 new members from the article. We have 29 new members total this winter session.

    A sincere thank you. Jack and Gwen, Presidents of Hotfoot Stompers