Monday, September 06, 2010
Of course a big bucket of them provide open-ended creativity, but he also likes the "model" type; where there are step by step directions showing him how to create a specific space ship or race car.
When he first started doing the model kits, I was doing 95 percent of the construction. The detailed directions had to be followed by me, and I would let him work on squeezing a few blocks together. Later, he worked on finding the pieces and handing me the ones I called for. This year we had reversed those roles - I worked on supplying him with the pieces he asked for.
Today I saw one of his birthday Lego kits completely constructed. He hadn't asked for my assistance.
"Jake," I said. "When did you put that one together?"
He shrugged, "A few minutes ago."
Not only done by himself... but done quickly.
I had the slightest twinge of sadness that he had done it without me, but I refused to hold that emotion; I let it pass. The job of every good father is to help his son grow in independence. My son needs me a little less than he did a year ago.
Which is exactly as it should be. :)
Posted by Andrew at 9:41 PM