M is Lego mad. He loves building with the kits. He loves using his imagination to free build things – a true master builder. His favourite wii-u gams are all Lego based – I must say of all the game genre the boys play, anything Lego based is far more fun to watch as a bystander. He hates reading, but will pour over any book he comes across with a Lego theme. The highlight of his month is when his Lego Club magazine gets delivered. He is addicted to the stuff!
Recently he began talking about Denmark, and if it would be a good place for a holiday. I have friends who are Danish and although I haven’t been for many years, think it is a beautiful country. It then dawned on us, why he was suddenly so interested in going there. He had discovered this was the home of Lego. While he says he wouldn’t mind going to any of the other Legolands around the world, he thinks it would be best to go to the “proper one” in Denmark. He also tells me there are some exclusive sets that you can only buy in Denmark!! It would be an amazing experience for him to go there.
Recently he saw a competition where you had to design and build a new model for the Lego Friends range. He was so enthralled by the idea of the prize, which was to go to Lego HQ and spend a week with their designers to turn your model into a real kit, including yourself as a Lego figure. What an amazing opportunity for any child, and wouldn’t it be really cool to say you are a Lego figure? Any way after much planning and fretting about what he should build, he decided on a haunted house. He got it about half built, and saw some pictures of models already entered, and decided his wasn’t of the same standard so gave up. I tried all I could to encourage him to continue, even offering to help him, but he said that there was no point as the first prize was the only one worth having and he wasn’t going to get that. His mind was made up and there was nothing I could do to change it.
We went to the cinema to see The Lego Batman movie a couple of weeks back. He was so excited about this film coming out from the first time he heard the concept being mentioned. The Lego movie is one of his all time favourite films. Luckily, the reality lived up to his high expectations of it. I really enjoyed it too, as it was very much scripted on multiple levels, with many references to the 1960’s series, which I imagine we have all loved every time it has been repeated over the years. When M loves a movie, he becomes obsessed, and will watch a DVD back to back to back, but he has never before asked to go and see a film a second time at the cinema, as he has with this. He is thinking him and me could have our date day with this at the weekend.
One of M’s support workers, who visits him from the academy, had suggested over a year ago that he might like to join an after school Lego club that she runs for children with additional needs. He wasn’t interested. It was at a time when he was in such a low dark place that there was no point forcing the issue. The question of it came up a few more times, and while he tried to make the right noises about the idea of it, he would make excuses as to why actually attending it wasn’t for him. He then made a friends with a boy in his class but a year below him – it is a composite class, who also has additional needs. This other boy goes to the Lego club, and suddenly M wanted to go. I spoke to the teacher and she was all for him going along. The first week, he wasn’t too well, so didn’t go. I did wonder if we were getting the excuses again for not doing any extra curricular activities, but thought I’d try again the next week. That was when Old Person was ill, and so he was thrown off balance with her in hospital, that he wanted to be with her when she got home. He therefore didn’t go that week either. On Monday, when he came home for lunch, I asked him if he wanted to go to the club after school. I was bracing myself to counter his objections, but instead he said he would. Not a single argument. I did think he still had a couple of hours to change his mind! He arrived home from school and Hubby took him up to the Library where the session is held – it is quicker for him to walk home and then go out rather than try to park at the school at home time! Hubby stayed with him as it was his first time there. There were a couple of people M knew from SafeSpace – our local additional needs group, as well as the child from his class. He was introduced to another boy his age who goes to the other primary school in the town, as the teacher thinks it may be good for them both to have a face they know other than those going with them when they change schools in the summer. Hubby said that M just got in and started creating, totally oblivious to the surroundings and the people around him. Give a child something he is confident with and he can achieve! It was good to know what that it was a good place for him, but a pity it has taken him so long to have his head in the right place to be there. The next day, the teacher rang me to tell me that she was so pleased to see M there. I thought that was nice of her to do that.
In the summer, M and I are going to abandon the rest of the household and head to Glasgow for the BrickLive event. It looks amazing with not just display models to look at, but pits full of bricks for free building. I think it will be a day he will love as he will be surrounded by something he feels connected to – and no I don’t mean he has little dots on his head to clip things on!
Lego has been great for M as a means to express himself. It is something he always wants me to do with him, possibly because I’m more patient than his father!! He sees it as our thing, and that’s lovely. It is great to have an interest to communicate with him, and I must say my love of Lego has been reignited when we sit for hours trying to find the correct piece, that of course hides when you’re looking for it.
I am looking forward to BrickLive, but think the trip to Denmark might have to be on hold for some time, while we save!