|Lego nerds with their creation|
I hate queuing. I especially hate queuing with children. Is there no end to the pain?
But queued we did. Myself, Nugget and Doo Dah, along with Sister B and the tsunamis.
It all stems back to the Lego Club, and a little leaflet that Nugget received in his most recent pile of
"Can we go?" Nugget asked at the time.
"Of course we can go" I replied, immediately forgetting about it.
It came as a bit of shock to me that Nugget remembered about this Lego exhibition. But he did. When it ticked over to June, he reminded me that we had a date with the Lego creators. I had to take him. He insisted. So I dragged Sister B and her crew along too.
The queue stretched outside of the museum. It was a mile long. I swear. I sighed. I checked with Nugget that he really wanted to endure the world's longest queue. Nugget insisted we stay.
"Please can we?" he pleaded.
It was a wet and cold day. What else can we do? Sister B and I brainstormed. Bowling? Darling Harbout? Movies? We almost tempted him with a trip to the movies, but there was nothing much on. He wanted to stay. And so we waited.
The other kids wanted to leave. Sister B and I spruiked about the importance of learning patience and commitment. We tried to make the best of a bad moment.
Finally we arrived at the coveted ticket counter, where we bought our passes. We skipped towards the exhibition, only getting lost once or twice.
I cannot begin to explain the level of disappointment we felt when we saw the exhibits. It is NOT that they weren't impressive, in their own way, it is just not what we were expecting. A bunch of Lego nerds* displaying their wares. We thought it would be fun. We thought it would be creative. We thought it would be hands on. Nope.
Nugget maintained his commitment. He said it was awesome. He said he loved it. We all know that he didn't. But we appreciate that he tried.
Have you ever waited a long time for something that wasn't worth it?
*Sister B insisted that I take photos of the nerds rather than the exhibits. She cracks herself up.