Luke suddenly has an affinity for blocks. I know... seems odd right? Just over 2 years ago, I wrote about Luke's initial pre-K evaluation his extreme dislike for blocks here. The fact that Luke wouldn't play with blocks at the age of 3 bothered his evaluators so much at that time that they wrote block playing goals into his IEP.
Well I am here to tell you that children do actually meet their IEP goals sometimes. In the past two years, Luke has grown not just to like, but to love blocks. Thanks Ms. Michelle!
Whenever given the opportunity, Luke will pull out our colorful set of wooden building blocks and go to town. Typically he builds walls or garages for his Matchbox cars. A couple of days ago, he pulled out a new one:
Mommy, I want to build the Eiffel Tower.
Sorry? Like the one in Paris? How on Earth does my 5 year old know what the Eiffel Tower is? Clearly he learns things other than block play in school, because I've certainly not muttered the words "Eiffel Tower" in Luke's presence... and I certainly haven't shown him pictures to model his block tower after.
But off he went, stacking blocks as high as he could. He added arches, attempted girders, and on version 2.0, he even added a spire.
That is, of course, until Matthew (aka King Kong) entered the room and decided to smash Luke's Eiffel Tower versions 2.0, 3.0, 4.0... you get the picture. After getting upset for a couple of times at the shattered remains of la tour Eiffel, Luke got smart and asked Matthew for his help building.
Come on, Matt, let's build the Eiffel Tower. You build the outside and I'll build the elevator for Will.
I am constantly amazed by Luke's heart. He's got thoughtfulness and character beyond his years. Sure he drives me crazy sometimes and this magic only lasted for a moment until King Kong came to his senses and started knocking down the Tower that Love Built... but at the end of the day, those aren't the moments we cherish. Or snap pictures of.