I sat observing a great-nephew at Christmas time. Brydon had received a Lego kit. He went directly to a card table, pulled out the book, looked at the first few pages, then back to the first to see what pieces were required to follow directions on those first two pages.

The picture below show his next moves.

This is what appears to me. 1. He tries a piece. It didn’t work. 2. He checks the book again. 3. He carefully ties again. That time it worked. Brydon was unaware that I was taking pictures.

Oh, how much easier putting Walmart furniture together if we would check the manual. Then try. If it doesn’t work, check the manual again.

Hey, there must be a lesson for life here also. Check the manual. Only choose the pieces that are laid out for you. Head down that road. If it is wrong, back up, look at the manual again, and go for another try.

I would be remiss if I did not give credit to a great mom and dad who obviously have taught Brydon to use this method. It does take time, effort, and consistency.

I’ll just say, in my exposure to close to a thousand children, I have met very few who do not pour out all the pieces and try and fail, try and fail, until many quit trying. That’s sad.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Very cool! A life lesson indeed. Read the manual.

  2. marymtf says:

    I’m too anxious to get started so never check my manual first. But do go back to it second. 🤭
    Can I correct your typo? It’s quit not quite. X

  3. Someone is raising up this young man right— soon he won’t need directions 🤩

  4. Faye says:

    Wow! Great life lesson in here for us all. Thank you. For us in life we must read, listen and keep checking the handbook for directions All life long.

  5. RobbyeFaye says:

    Great lesson for everybody!
    Your great-nephew has a good head start in life. Following directions explicitly is a wonderful skill to have.

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