We’re throwing a birthday party for our 6-year-old son this weekend.
His friends will come to the house and play some games, run around — and eat a home-made cake that looks like a big Lego brick.
Like many children his age, my son is a Lego fanatic. He builds some incredible Lego toys, ignoring instructions on the box.
Space ships and bionicles are among his favorites. He carries them around the house on a cookie sheet, so they don’t break into pieces.
I played with Legos as a child, but many of my son’s bricks are much smaller — small enough to get caught in the vacuum or for his puppy to try to eat.
Adults are hooked on Legos too. A U.S. national model builder competition for adults occurs annually. Some adult works of art are shown the blog WebUrbanist.com.
Last year, Lego celebrated its 50th-anniversary, and I expect they will be around for the next generation of children.
Like iPods, a cottage industry could spring up for accessories: A “Lego catcher” that you install on a vacuum, for example.
(My son’s birthday flower bouquet behind the Lego cake comes from Foothill Flowers in Grass Valley. We’re big fans of their “works of art” for a special occasion and Mrs. Johnson’s holiday decorations. It epitomizes what a small-town merchant is all about.)