I'm glad LEGO became so expensive; I mostly stopped buying sets when I started buying Magic: the Gathering cards in high school (wonderful game, but a passing fad for me; chess and pinochle, among others, will outlast these highly thematic, extremely engaging luxuries), and I realize now that I have more than enough LEGOs as it is. My daughter barely cares about them yet, and I was ready to sell the lot but opted to keep them for now, for her. It's okay if she doesn't enjoy them the way I did, mind; she's her own person.

I have this itch, this feeling that LEGO bricks are part of our climate change problem in terms of shaping how we spend our time and resources; too far removed from the shapes I see in the woods and in the garden. We've build our game world and want to play in it, nevermind the consequences.