LEGO has reentered my life through Nolan and the handful of sets he has received in the last year. I created a Brickset account to keep track of all the sets he has. I also dove into my own LEGO memories to add the sets that I received as a child. The large Trans Air Carrier and Coaster Cutter were easy to recall but finding the 46-piece Castle set with the ghost was more difficult because there are a few similar choices.
I stumbled across this Screaming Patriot and immediately remembered putting that engine together with its long exhaust pipes. Feeling that brief memory become so vivid in the front of my mind was a heartwarming experience. These toys brought me much joy as a child and are continue to do again today as a parent.
I could sleep again at night if someone could help me recall the Octan set I got for Christmas one year and couldn’t open until we got home from grandma & grandpa’s house. I know it was a smaller set but think it was larger than a single race car. I may have to compare the list against pieces in the collection at my parent’s house.
Beth & Nolan went to the LEGO Store and bought me 4 minifigures from the latest set representing The LEGO Movie. I wasn’t interested in the movie but the excellent reviews are quickly changing my mind.
Nolan got a “monster truck” that he adores so much that tonight is the first night he hasn’t gotten up after we tucked him in. Lesson? Threaten to take away new toys.
I brought my duplicate minifigures homes for Nolan to have. He has been interested in playing with more “peoples”. The large carrot, that came with the man in the rabbit suit, has stayed with the monster truck driver. Beth has had a “no weapons” stance since she began teaching. I agree with this and took away the revolvers, swords, laser blasters, harpoon guns, staffs, & spears from the pike I brought home. I tired to explain to Beth that a carrot could be a weapon but she allowed it.
I spent a chunk of my very rainy Illinois weekend rummaging through my childhood LEGO bricks and separating out all of the impostors (Mega Bloks & TYCO blocks) and non-brick nuggets (screwdriver, dominoes, Erector Set pieces). I told my parents, as I was scouring the pieces for the “LEGO” stamp, “You made me this way.”
I was able to associate unique pieces with sets I received. I held up a large wheel and told my Dad that it was part of a gift I received on my First Communion after it was put on top of the china cabinet because I was acting up.
The cargo plane, rescue boat, and small racing car are all fresh in my mind after 20 years ago.