Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Three Coins in the Fountain

My son loves to build with Legos. It started with Duplos as a toddler & preschooler, graduating to bigger projects with smaller pieces. His ultimate Lego build would be the Death Star. In the meantime, he keeps himself busy with kits and free building. 

Christmas came a little early this week when boxes came from family in New Jersey. Little Man opened his and there was a Lego architecture kit. It was the Trevi fountain in Rome, to be constructed out of bricks and pieces. Of course I took this as an opportunity for a quick history and heritage lesson. 

While the present fountain dates to the 1600's, the site has served as a water source for Rome back to ancient times. Today's fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban III in 1629 and was completed in 1761. 

It didn't take the little man that long to complete his masterpiece. Instead, it took him about an hour, despite a gazillion pieces and an instruction manual the size of war and peace. 

I'm always impressed with his focus on and manual dexterity when he's building.
Many experts claim that with autism, neither of those are present, but the experts tend to be wrong when it comes to what the little man accomplishes. It's miraculous watching him in action, since I can't make heads or tails of the instructions. I'm not able to build ikea furniture either, but I'm sure this kiddo can. He is very geared towards engineering and architecture, and his mind is very linear functioning. 

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
Psalm 36:9 NIV

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