A Lego Mom’s Life with a KFOL
When I was a little girl, I had a box full of LEGO. I was a Rainbow Warrior building multi-colored castles and furniture out of every brick I had in that box. Being a child of a Danish immigrant, LEGO was a necessity. “Danes know how to make good, solid toys” my father would say. Moreover, as I grew up and had children of my own, I understood that my dad was right. That box of multi-colored LEGO was passed down to my son, and at three years old, his LEGO obsession began. I started cleaning up SNOT and POOP on a regular basis. Stepping on COWS and Cheese Slopes in the middle of the night and hearing the clinking sound when the vacuum got its hands on a piece that didn’t embed itself into my foot.
POOP - A LEGO part made of other parts
COW – Curved Out Wedge Pieces
Cheese Slope - common term for 1x1 plate slope
My LEGO Engineer got his first set at four years old and couldn’t wait to build it. That first set turned into over 200 lbs of LEGO (thanks to the grandparents), and now that my boy is 12, his entire room is designed around this Danish Brick. I thought that the LEGO interest would be a fad, but as he grows older, the list of sets he wants just keeps growing and his interest in all things LEGO is on the rise. He wants the Death Star, Taj Mahal, The Super Star Destroyer: the most sought after sets that LEGO has created. He wants more shelves in his room to display each and every set he builds, and he saves his allowance to put towards these astronomical sets. My son watches YouTube videos of people creating larger than life AT-ATs and Star Destroyers. If you ask him what the best LEGO set of all time is, his answer never strays from “All of them”!
Rainbow Warrior - the multi-colored creations we make as an early child
He started as a KABOB and has turned into a full-fledged KFOL. This is not just a passing phase; He wants to be a Master LEGO Builder when he grows up. When we went to our first LEGO Convention, and we sat and listened to a Master Builder speak about being paid to work with LEGO all day long, my son’s eyes lit up like a Christmas Tree. When we left the conference, all my boy could talk about was how he could work for LEGO building large scale models for conferences or intricate dioramas for LEGOLAND and that it would be the best job ever!
KABOB - Kids with a bucket of bricks
KFOL - Kid Fan of Lego
He started doing research on his own time, finding out what type of adhesive was needed to put together a life-sized Darth Vadar, how much money he would make working for LEGO, and what he needed to take in school to help him along. Considering my boy is only 12 years old, it is kinda remarkable that he is already remotely thinking of these things, never mind researching them.
SNOT - Studs Not on Top. Technic used to build LEGO on its side or upside down.
This KFOL of mine has gone from loving CRAPP and BURPS to relishing at the amazing things you can build with SNOT. His knowledge base has grown from thinking that stickers were the best addition in a LEGO set, to despising STAMPS. He is starting to build MOC, and those personal creations occasionally find a place on his display shelves. I have become his personal parts monkey, digging through a pile of LEGO to find the perfect piece that he needs right that moment!
It has brought the two of us closer together, and sometimes he asks me to create something while he is building a masterpiece. I fumble with pieces, grabbing a green base plate and start placing brick by brick. What do my creations always end up looking like? My rainbow warrior castles of my youth! I have embraced the fact that my LEGO building abilities were stunted at age 8. My son, however, always compliments my angular structures and gives me tips and advice on how to make them even cooler!
MOC - My Own Creations
CRAPP - Crummy ramp and pit plates
BURP – Big Ugly Rock Pieces used to create landscapes and façades in early Lego Castle sets
They say that some LEGO fans go into the dark ages, selling off their LEGO sets and pieces to chase other interests and dreams, moving on so to speak. Then there are others who venture into the gray ages, setting aside their love for LEGO and storing all those bricks but never giving up on LEGO altogether. I do not think now; my boy will embark on either of those. I believe that with his overall love for building and design, he may just end up in that dream job of his. He will grow into an AFOL, an AHOL or an ALE and will no doubt become an ambassador for the LEGO brand.
ALE – Adult Lego Enthusiast
AFOL – Adult Fan of Lego
AHOL - Adult Hobbyist of Lego
He has already started creating his own designs thanks to the LEGO Digital Designer App, and I am sure that in time, he will be purchasing MOCFodder just to finish a self-designed piece. That one box of LEGO that he inherited from his Rainbow Warrior mom will have turned into thousands of well-organized pieces of creativity.
My not so little LEGO Engineer will have his own LEGO Minifigure business card and proudly be able to tell people that he gets to hear the beautiful sound of Gruschteling every day. Whether he takes the Master Builder route or decides to be a LEGO Designer, playing with LEGO when he is 40 doesn’t sound so bad! And to think, it all started with a box of multi-colored LEGO pieces.
MOCFodder – sets of LEGO you buy strictly for the extra pieces
Gruschteling - the beautiful sound made while sifting through a massive amount of LEGO pieces