*Although for some reason this didn't get published until Tuesday, I actually wrote it and thought I published it last night, Monday night!*
Well, I don't like to brag or anything, but today was the second time in 3 days that I was a "cool mom" in the eyes of the boys. The first time, of course, was when I brought home those 4 Star Wars books for $1.00 at the used book sale. Then this evening at dinner, we were discussing Leogs (as is so often the case). Nathan was lamenting their perceived lack of Legos, and I happened to mention that I had a gallon Ziploc bag of them somewhere down in the basement. At some point when I was home visiting my parents, I equally divided up all the Legos in my brother's and my Lego collection from when we were kids. I put them in Ziploc bags, and mine were packed in a box where they have lived while traveling about the country.
This casual announcement was met with much excitement and surprise. You would have thought I had been withholding information about a fortune in gold or something. Nathan volunteered to get up and look for the bag immediately--he "wouldn't mind at all". I told him that what I really needed him to do was clean up the play room in the basement (which is the unfinished area where we also keep all our boxes that never get unpacked) so that I would have room to move boxes around in my search. He was also ready and eager to do this, and after dinner clean-up, he and Luke took off for the basement.
The room was cleaned up, although I realized immediately what box the Legos had to be in--the one clearly marked "Claire's old stuff". After some digging, there it was! The jackpot! The boys carried away the prize and spent the rest of the evening going through it. Ahhhh . . . silence on the main floor for me.
Nathan couldn't believe that I had this treasure for so long and had never told them about it. How could I forget about something as important and valuable as this?! LOL I will say that Lego made some cool pieces back then that they don't seem to make anymore--pieces with hinges, pieces with little wheels, funny heads, etc. The boys were quite entertained for quite a while. I am just basking in the glory of being cool, since I know how quickly that will change