Somehow, I managed to pick a Lego set for Luke for Christmas that was already part of his massive collection. He was happy enough to rip into it and build it again, but I was able to talk him out of that and return it get a different set instead.
So, a few days after Christmas we headed to the local mall to visit the Lego store. We ended up getting to the mall about 9:30; turns out that after the big holiday, all the stores go back to their their normal 10 opening time. Oops. So, we wandered around for a while and then parked at table near the Lego store to wait out the final few minutes.
An older guy asked if he could share the table as we waited. I said, “sure.” As he sat down he flopped a big Lego manual down on the table. I said, “ha! we’re headed to the Lego store too.”
“Yeah, my grandson is upset because his set is missing a few pieces.” “Really? That rarely happens. But, that’s a big set, so pretty believeable.”
Soon enough, the store opened and we both wandered in. We left Luke’s return on the counter and went shopping for a different set. While Luke wandered off, I overheard the older guy and the Lego employee talking.
“Geez, sorry that you’re missing a piece! We don’t have all pieces for every set at each store, but we can help you get that piece from Lego corporate. Let’s take a look at what you’re missing, and see what we’ve got. Oh, yeah, that’s an oddball part.”
The Lego employee disappeared into the backroom and comes back with big ziplock bag full of random parts.
“Wow, would you look at that? The exact part you need, in the right color, was right on the top of the bag!”
I somehow resisted the urge to let out a cheer, and instead gave the older guy a quick thumbs up.
Luke managed to find another set he was interested and all was right again in everybody’s collective Lego worlds.