Some people are sous chefs, but I used to have a regular gig as a sous Lego builder. However, my services are no longer required by Lego Master Shane. Can you imagine that? He no longer needs me.
As usual, Shane received many Lego sets for his birthday this month and he’s been happily building them without me, his trusty sous builder. This independence evolved slowly over the years from Mom builds the Lego while Shane “helps” –> Shane builds the Lego but Mom finds all of the pieces and shows him where to put them –> Shane builds the Lego but needs frequent help –> Shane builds the Lego and only rarely needs help.
A couple of times recently I’ve heard, “Mom I can’t find a piece!” followed almost immediately by, “Nevermind!” Lately my sole job has been to relax, drink wine, and then venture over to the next room when summoned to admire the finished product.
Friday evening, as I sipped wine without Rich while waiting for my next stint as Lego admirer extraordinaire, my phone beeped and I saw this:
Shane figured out all by himself how to send texts from the iPad. He had so much fun texting that he didn’t finish his Lego building.
The next evening, he made up for his building hiatus and integrated his new favorite form of communication, giving us blow by blow Lego building video updates via text.
Now if Shane hears our footsteps, he yells, “Don’t come in here! I’m not done with the video yet! I’ll text you!”
And then, beep.
I’ve been relegated to viewing his spectacular creations on videos sent to my iPhone. Even though I’m in the next room.
Next thing you know, he’ll be FaceTiming me goodnight kisses
(Wait – don’t give him any ideas!)
Or texting me when he’s scared at 3am.
Nah. No answering text could possibly surpass Mom’s snuggles when it comes to protection from bad guys or monsters in the middle of the night. Right?
Maybe those 3am visits aren’t so bad after all.
Here is the 36 second video of the finished product. He won’t win any cinematography awards anytime soon but he’s an awesome narrator – maybe the next Richard Attenborough.
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