I Return to Lego Building
For the past two and a half months, I’ve placed my Lego building and photography on hold because of my broken ankle. My mobility has improved, though, and the ankle can bear some weight, so in this time of near-universal confinement, I’ve broken out one of my larger Lego sets, the Ideas Tree House.
It’s always a good idea when faced with a challenge to read about the experiences of others who have taken on this challenge before you — something our national leaders have failed to do in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Not wanting to make the same mistake, I consulted the online reviews of the Tree House to see, first, if it was worth ordering, and second, if there are any major flaws that require modification. I found that many builders had struggled with the construction of the tree trunk, apparently as a result of mistakes at the beginning of the construction process. As a result, I paid close attention to the first set of instructions and hope that the rest goes smoothly as a result. I’ll know by tomorrow.
I’ve also returned to photographing Little Brick Township, which experienced some major changes in the almost three weeks between New Year’s Day, when I bought the modular Bookshop and when I broke my ankle coming home from the Women’s March. I added not only the Bookshop, with modifications, to the township but also two stories to the Grand Emporium from pieces that my friend and VCFA classmate Sandra Nickel sent me last year.
And I’ve put my photography skills to good use. My daughter is now teaching her first graders online, and one of the incentives she’s given them is a weekly puzzle in which they compare two versions of a scene from Little Brick Township and figure out what is different between the two photos. The kids love the challenge; in fact, one of her students sent a seven-minute video of her looking through the picture of the now-five-story Grand Emporium and writing down all the differences. In case you’re a teacher reading this and would like to use the puzzles with your students, I’ve included my two scenes below. Please feel free to pull off any of these pictures (or others I’ve posted in earlier entries like this one) as writing prompts. My daughter has done so, and she says her kids have enjoyed them and produced amusing captions of their own. If you’re a teacher, perhaps the Lego constructions your students are building now can inspire their writing and, if shared, that of their classmates.
If you’d like, send me pictures! I want to see what everyone else is building.