Cleaning up toys is never a good time, but cleaning up spilled Legos is sheer torture. Every mom knows the distinct displeasure of crawling around on the floor collecting what seems to be a never-ending supply of those tiny plastic pieces, with their hard nubbly bits and sharp, pointy edges just waiting to pierce any exposed flesh (if you've never stepped on a Lego in bare feet, #@*$ % does it ever hurt!).
So when I heard about the giant Lego spill, which shut down several lanes on Interstate 79 in West Virginia, my first thought was, Oh, no, what a mess! Then I remembered that I don't live in West Virginia and those Legos are somebody else's living hell. And then I laughed and laughed and laughed. Only after I got my giggles under control did it occur to me to wonder ... how did all those Legos end up on the highway in the first place?
Did a Lego delivery truck tip over? Did some cartoon villain come to life and shoot the Legos out the back of his getaway car at the cops chasing him?
Apparently not, according Facebook user Tiffany Lantz, who says the Legos were in large plastic containers tied to her family car:
"Those legos belonged to my 11 yr old son they where in totes strapped to the top of the durango they fell off strap came loose he cried it seemed like forever but I tried to recover as many as I could cause I don't have the money to buy him anymore."
Awww. Poor kid. As a mom with a Lego-loving boy of my own, that just breaks my heart. Because as much of a huge pain in the ass those little bricks can be, they make my son happy. They make your kid happy too, probably. And so we will continue to step on Legos and sweep up Legos and sort Legos by color and shape and attempt to build things like Lego pirate ships even though the directions make us feel like we're going crazy/blind.
What's your least favorite toy to clean up?
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