From birth Rhett(4) has believed he is the same age as Ryan(8) and Reid(6). He skipped over most baby-related items due to the mocking he would receive from his older brothers. He is very aware of what they believe to be immature behavior.
Unfortunately, I am not talking about real immature behavior.
They are OK with that.
I am talking about things that they think are age inappropriate. Things that are beneath them. Things that ONLY a baby would do.
One of the MAJOR things that a baby would do is play with the larger scale Legos. If you have visited the Nirvana previously, you are aware of the obsession all three boys have with all things Lego…well, all things of NORMAL Lego size.
Duplo (the larger Lego bricks) are for babies. No self-respecting BOY would touch them.
A few weekends ago I took the boys to a new church. Rhett was a little clingy entering the new classroom so I was talking with the teachers and other kids trying to find something that would engage his attention so I could leave him in a comfortable setting. One of the teachers said, “Do you like to play with Legos?” I responded with a smile and a sigh of relief because that would certainly do the trick. She reached down and picked up a bag of Duplo blocks. Rhett was horrified and stated loudly, “Those are for babies!” and he turned to me and held on for dear life.
Poor Rhett. He IS in the 4 y/o classroom. The church still has to consider safety and children EATING Legos at that age.
And then there is Reid.
Reid sits by a girl at school.
Not only is she a girl, but rumor has it she likes Duplo blocks.
Ryan and Reid discussed this at length. According to Ryan, this girl’s older brother told everyone at school that she likes to play with the LARGE Legos. She doesn’t like the small Legos. She ONLY plays with the big ones. She even has a key chain on her backpack with a Duplo block on it.
That is proof.
I tried to mention that maybe her brother was exaggerating. Maybe her brother was just teasing her like Ryan and Reid tease each other.
Mom, we would NEVER tease about this.
The next day there was a quiet moment when I was helping Reid get dressed. He had been distressed over this girl and her large Lego-loving ways. I told him, “Reid, it might not be true what her brother said.”
I know mommy. I am going to ask her today.
He said it with hope-laced concern.
When I picked them up from school later that day, Reid climbed into the minivan with a defeated look on his face and while shaking his head said…
Mom, it is true.