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Lego Tears

As I toiled in the laundry room chained to the dryer attempting to match the pile of socks that were growing by the minute. My littlest came running down the stairs in tears. His heart once again broken someone had smashed his newest Lego creation to pieces. I held him tight and told him it would be okay.  

It is with that I stopped what I was doing held his hand and we walked up the stairs to pick up the crumbling pieces on the floor.

I looked at him with a smile, “Lets try to rebuild it!”

He gave me a sad look, “I can’t! It took me hours!””

“Well! What was it that you made?”

“It was a peace sign.”

“A peace sign? What does it mean?”

“It means to live in a world without war.”

I gave him an encouraging smile,”Lets try again.”

He looked up “I suppose I could try.”

I watched his little mind build and work out what he needed to do. He looked at the picture of a peace sign and began to rebuild with his Lego. It was a symbol he felt in his heart and was determined to show his teacher the next day at school.

He would slowly rebuild it. Only to have one piece break, another piece crumble to the floor, and the tears once again began to well up in his eyes.

I looked him in the eye, “Don’t get frustrated you can do this!”

He gave a sigh and not too long after stood another peace sign.

He beamed with pride!

I looked at him “See I knew you could do it!”

Sometimes no matter how hard we work at something it will break or crumble. The most important thing is to wipe away the tears and try again. It’s when you have picked up the pieces, attempting to rebuild, that you can create another master plan.

My only wish for our future is that they see a world one day focused on peace.  The only way this dream will come to fruition is if we learn to pick up the crumbling pieces of our own world.

Have you ever been brought to tears when something you have worked on crumbles? Do you pick-up the pieces and start over?

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  1. That’s soooo cool that he made a peace sign! And that he was able to rebuild. I’ll think of this the next time one of those things stab into my foot, and hopefully it’ll keep me calm.

  2. You’re supposed to make things from all those little pieces??? My kids thought they were just to scatter around so I would have something to do.

    Great lesson. I think Peace is worth fighting for! But seriously….next time my wife knocks over my legos, I’m gonna’ read this one to her! Seriously, this one was really cute!

  3. Wow, an amazing son you have raised that he would focus so intently on a symbol meaning “a world without war.” How typical that some want to smash the peaceful hopes of others. Brava for you for showing him how to persevere toward rebuilding the hope of peace.

    1. His teacher is doing an amazing job with the class this year. Her focus this week is Remembrance Day so they are having lots of discussions about what peace means….He was very excited to take his lego masterpiece to school the next day!

  4. Love that picture… I have to admit, I bring myself to tears very often… I get frustrated easily when something falls apart (or when I waste time working on the wrong year like today). I try to walk away, for a while (like today I went looking at shoes during lunch – but didn’t buy) and then start over….

    It is so funny how this post so relates to my day!

    1. I love that! A walk is a good way to shake off the frustration! I bought a new pair of boots yesterday and am thinking of getting a pair of sandals tomorrow the sale was to good to resist! I hope they are still there 🙂

      1. Sadly, I can’t. She’s miles away. 😦 But I can still remember those days when she’d look over my shoulder as I do my school stuff, especially math. I’d cry over a mathematical problem that’s beyond me but she’d keep on reassuring me that I can do it. What seems to be impossible becomes possible when a sweet mom is around, I mean, when you’re a kid. 😀

      2. I think you should call her she is probably thinking about you. I will hate the day my little ones move away from home. She like a wonderful mom.

        My mother gave up on me and math problems. I remember one day she drove me to church and told me to pray to do well on my test. I think it was her last resort for encouragement and left it to a higher power….

  5. When at first you mentioned tears and Legos, i thought you were going to speak about them being underfoot… i was pleasantly suprised with a very different post however – one that got me all gushy-eyed and sentimental (and i think we can both guess how hard it is to accomplish that =)

    Much thanks!

    1. I have been tempted a time or two to write a post about the dangers of lego and the many times it has impaled my foot in the worst circumstances. I’m very happy to have surprised you and made you a little sentimental 🙂

  6. Love this. Peace is so hard to build and does crumble so easily. What a perfect metaphor, from your sweet little man. Now to answer your question: When I was in junior high, I wrote a novel, back in the days of tractor paper and unreliable 5 1/4″ floppy disks. My sister got something out of my room while I was at school, left the door open, and her cat got in and peed on everything in my closet – including the print-out of my “book” and the disk I saved it on. Ohmygod, did I bawl when that happened. None of it could be salvaged, but eventually I did rewrite it – better. Blessings and curses and all that, right?

      1. It was short-listed for print by a small publishing house, and then when that fell through I just put it in a box. It would be fun to read it again – like walking through my own teenaged mind!

  7. He sounds adorable! Peace all the way!

    And thanks for the sub! I was quite surprised since we don’t really blog the same things… but thank you anyway!



  8. “Have you ever been brought to tears when something you have worked on crumbles? Do you pick-up the pieces and start over?”
    Yes, I have. Lots and lots of tears. But I’m holding the pieces now and trying to put it back together. Starting over… it’s a difficult task, but ultimately worth the work.

    1. Thank you! It is a messy business with so many grey lines in the middle – I wonder what mess our children will have to clean- up after us? Someday I hope we can evolve into a better world where peace is the only option 🙂

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