My 5-year-old son loves building with Lego, and for a 5-year-old, he’s pretty good at it. Sometimes, I’ll be staring at the instructions and he’ll already have the right piece in the right place. His mind sees how little pieces come together to make something whole.
My son recently had a birthday party, and of course, he got some new Lego.
“Dad, can you help me build this?”
“Let’s eat the birthday cake first.”
“Okay. Then can we build it?”
We scatter all the pieces into an open container, open the instruction booklet, and start building. He’s very focused, but like most kids, his attention span is not very long. Sometimes, I look up and he’s no longer there. Other times, he’ll ask me to complete the creation.
The last time it was a dinosaur. Unlike my son, I don’t love building with Lego. Sometimes it’s painful locating a particular piece and figuring out where it goes. Anyway, after a little hard work I completed the dinosaur.
“Check it out, buddy.”
“Good job, Dad. Now let’s take it apart and build a different dinosaur!”
“But it took me so long to build this one! Let’s just keep it for a while.”
“No, Dad. Let’s take it apart and build something else.”
It’s then when I realize it’s not about the creation. It’s about the creating. It’s not about admiring the creation. It’s about taking it apart and creating something better. It’s not about constancy, but fluidity. It’s about building something with the pieces we are given and once it’s built, using the pieces again to build something even better. It’s about improvement. It’s about growth. And it’s about spending time with my son.