Ready To Be Surprised By The People We Love

I just got out of bed with eyes still half open. I saw my son standing next to my bed smiling. He tugged me shirt and said, “Hurry dad, I need to show you something.” I rose up still a bit unsteady. He grabbed my hand and said excitedly, “Dad, close your eyes. I have a surprise for you.” So I closed my eyes as we head towards his room. When we reached his toy area, we stopped. He then said, “Dad, are your ready for your surprise?” I replied eagerly, “Yes, I’m ready for my surprise.” In a jubilant tone he said, “Okay, ready, get set…open your eyes now!” As I opened my eyes he added, “Surprise!”

My surprise was a Lego ship that my son made that afternoon. It has multiple uses. It can serve as a battle ship when on water, a fighter plane when on air and as a space ship when it ventures the solar system. He showed me all the features of the ship. He even installed blasters and missile launchers in case an invasion takes place.

As a ready back up, he made a small ship that is connected to the mother ship by a tiny chain. He said that it can be used as an escape vehicle, a speed boat to chase a bad guy or as an exploring device to discover things. I hugged him and said, “Great job son. I’m so impressed. Your work is so cool.” He smiled back looking all proud and happy. We then played with his new Lego creation for several minutes before preparing for work.

Ready To Learn And Explore The World

“Dad, dad, my ship sunk,” shouted my son, his voice sounding distressed. He was almost about to cry when I asked him in a calm and comforting tone, “What happened?” He then proceeded to explain that he placed his big Lego ship in the sink full of water so it can float like a boat. With a sad look he said, “But instead of floating , it sunk quickly as soon as it touched the water.” I asked him, “May be it was to heavy? Did you try a smaller ship?” As he stared at his sunken ship, he softly, almost a whisper replied, “No, I didn’t.”

He hurriedly made a new smaller ship and placed one Lego sailor on it. To his surprise, it didn’t sink this time. He looked and sounded pleased. This time with a huge smile on his face, he said, “Okay, okay, I’m going to let the big ship float again.” As expected it again sunk to the bottom. This time with a confidence of a young explorer, he said, “Now, I’ll let the small ship float.” And float it did. He then concluded proudly with twinkles in his eyes, “Oh, the big ship sunk because it was too heavy and the small ship floated because it was very light. Now I get it, dad.”

Everyday there are so many chances of learning, growing, discovering and exploring things. What’s important is that we are ready for them and that we are willing to open our minds to new ideas with a similar enthusiasm of a child.

Ready To Take A Jump And Face Any Storm

Are we ready to jump when the time comes? For me, as long as I'm with the people I love and care about, I am ready to take the plunge.

I was ready to make a post about “love” for the weekly photo challenge thinking it’s the month of hearts and Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. I discovered today that it wasn’t and instead it’s called “Ready.” So, I decided to add a link to the post I made. After all I was so “ready” for it. Yes, I’m so ready for love just like most people in this planet.

Are you guys ready for love? Are you ready for love and its possibilities? With the person you trust and love, holding your hand tightly, are you ready to jump, brave the storm, explore the unknown and the fears you always tried to escape? I know I am.

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49 Responses to Ready?

  1. An Einstein in the making!!!! 😀 Great post….:) **


  2. cocomino says:

    My children love playing with such blocks. As you say, there are many chances for learning something. It’s good to know it and teach our children it. Nice post. 🙂


  3. Imagination at work. I love GE’s logo and it seems to be working in your household. Such freedom at your son’s age and you are nurturing that beautifully.


  4. Ruth Bailey says:

    Kudos to you for being a dad who is willing to engage with your son (even while half-awake)!


  5. What a great ship builder you have Island traveler! If he can build it with the Lego set, he can build anything…!!!
    I’m a bit nostalgic about your post since I suddenly remembered the Lego set that my daughters were playing on eons of ages ago. I read somewhere that Lego enhances mathematical and artistic abilities in children so I bought a big set, just to be on the safe side….hehehe….

    Have a great week ahead with your family and thank you for the pingback.


  6. Maggie L R says:

    Lego is one of my favorite toys because the possibilities are endless. Your son sounds like quite a guy, full of fun and love.


  7. Great post. My sons loved legos. I wrote a post about the new girls legos a few weeks ago.
    I have to start this weekly photo challenge! Am I ready? Ha!


  8. Angeline M says:

    Those Lego open up creativity channels big time! Great that you offer your son ideas on how to make small changes to make something work.


  9. jakesprinter says:

    Great entry my friend


  10. cobbies69 says:

    Great collection, well taken on theme. 😉


  11. Northern Narratives says:

    Legos are great. Thanks for another wonderful post 🙂


  12. Judy says:

    Wonderful story….you are your child’s First teacher, after all! And what a great teacher/dad you are! I happen to love Legos myself. So glad my grown son wanted to keep them for his (future) kids, but he hasn’t taken them yet. My gain. I still get to play! 😉 Thanks for the pingback!


  13. Your son i destined for great things. Building something that terrific from
    a lego set is artistically masterful. I love how patient he was about your
    opening up your eyes so you could see his creation. I think this post would have been perfect for “Patience”. ~~~~ : – )
    Very nice entry for the challnege. Good job, Island Traveler, as always.


  14. likeitiz says:

    The legos remind me of a different time. Although I do not have sons, we are surrounded by nephews. And so, I was quite into legos for quite a few years. Enjoy this time. It’s precious. It passes so quickly.


  15. jhirzel88 says:

    I think I remember that you gave your son that Lego set for Christmas. When he built that large ship, it sunk because it had too many legos stacked. If it were spread out, it would be less dense. Your son would be confused if you told him that. Tell him that was practically too heavy from top to bottom. As for the love thing, it is just a thing of the past. Maybe it will come again someday.


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  17. Arindam says:

    One more beautifully written post from you. You keep it so simple and still make it so heart touching; that’s the best part of your writing bro. I am learning lots of things from you and ready to learn learn lot more you. I feel you write straight from the heart; which I always try to do. Each post of yours always brings a smile on my face , with some thoughts on my mind.


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  19. rommel says:

    Enjoyed the story.

    So what it is? Mariner, captain, sailor, engineer, ship architech? A pirate!? hihi A voyager?


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  21. 2e0mca says:

    I love the sense of surprise when your Son grasps the significance of his experiment – I doesn’t matter how ready you think you are, they always have the power to surprise 🙂


  22. You had me smiling at ‘Lego’! : )
    And, to think of all the lessons your son learnt that day, because of your encouragement. It’s great to hear of how you are grabbing the everyday chances. Thank you for this lovely read. The photos made it more special.


  23. thirdhandart says:

    Wonderful post IT! There are so many lessons to teach little ones, and you were ready when an opportunity presented itself.


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  25. Frank Bishop says:

    Legos, so many great memories and so many curses at 3 am when I stepped on one.

    Great pictures as always.


  26. eof737 says:

    This is a wonderful post and I love that your son learned a life lesson by testing out the heavy/ light theory… I love it. As always, a great set of photos. 🙂


  27. Sonel says:

    What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing. 🙂


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  29. Sunshine says:

    Another fine example of the importance of a parent(s) being attentive during the young formative years of a child. The other lesson you taught here is self discovery. Your son will never forget the sink/float theory he discovered.
    (By the way, I think your new name Island Bliss 101 is so appropriate here!)
    I can’t say it enough, your thoughts are simply awesome! 🙂


  30. Jo Bryant says:

    love it – is there any home that has not known a lego creation


  31. auntyuta says:

    Love the title. To be surprised by the people we love!
    Wishing you for many more beautiful surprises. I’m sure you’ll be surprised quite often in the years to come! It’s great to see how your son is taking to finding our about things.


  32. Judee says:

    It always amazed me to watch my children play – they learn so many subtle things through their play, and they remind us of what it is to still be curious and inventive.


  33. Wonderful post. That’s a really cool looking ship and it takes one cool dad to take the time to spend time playing with his son and his lego set 🙂


  34. munchow says:

    I just want to tell you that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I think you have a great blog. To learn more about the award have a look at my post: 15 Great Blogs. I am aware of the fact that you have already been awarded a couple of times, but my list of excellent and versatile blogs wouldn’t be complete without yours. This said, I don’t think you need to comply with the rules of the award one more time.


  35. Cheryl says:

    Love this interpretation, Mr. B.


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  37. Caroline says:

    Wonderful story! Your posts always make me smile. Thanks for the pingback too.


  38. Patti Kuche says:

    Ready, willing and able, one after the after. I love the sight of that little boat on the water and I know how much you will treasure the memories of the little fingers that put it together!


  39. Cafe23 says:

    Brings me back to my childhood. Except I never made anything as fancy as that! 🙂


  40. sonsothunder says:

    Great post..Your son seems very ready to face life on it’s terms, at least, I’m thinking he certainly will be when that need arises. I became a little more interested in the article when you mentioned the “Escape” boat attached to the mother ship, as my last post was about the Mary Celeste, which, though I didn’t go into much detail had a frazzled tow rope trailing behind her when she was found sailing the high seas with no crew members on board. Oh, and you may be able to use that Valentine post tomorrow, as Valentines day is this coming week.
    Bless You..
    ..In all your travels


  41. that’s a pretty high-tech ship!
    your son did a great job. thanks for sharing this story.


  42. nelson RN says:

    Like you, I also find joy in whatever my son does – be it small or big. His toys have become my toys too. It’s great to be father isn’t it?!
    I love this post. I can feel your emotions 🙂


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  44. Loved this….. there is a picture book story here waiting to get out….


  45. bluebee says:

    How sweet of your son to build you such a marvellous surprise 🙂


  46. Madman says:

    Lego’s = sweet memories. A powerful creativity game 🙂


  47. Also in Italy, my daughters, same toys….


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