In Defense of Mr Business

Like most other elementary school parents in the known universe, I <del>endured the torture of</del> took my kids to see the Lego Movie this winter. And while I found the 3D glasses unnecessary and the plot schmaltzy, the final scenes between Mr Business and Emmet/Will Farrell and his son almost made it worth the Everything is Awesome ear worm. Almost.

Since we saw the movie just over a month ago, we’ve been working on a LEGO city of our own in the play room.


It’s a mix of me rebuilding some of my favorite vehicles from spec (thank goodness for the online treasure trove of LEGO Building Instructions!) and freestyling things like an Oracle who protects our city, made up of every brick we have that has eyes, a rainbow castle to house her, and my favorite contribution from Lily: a beautiful flower-laden altar where the Oracle marries LEGO figures who are young and in love. The Oracle has already officiated a few alternative marriages, so you know just what type of city we’re building (hint: one that is AWESOME!).

At one point, when I might have been freaking out about not being able to find the right piece for my LEGO City Camper, Gabriel called me Mr. Business. Never mind that I might have spent an inordinate amount of time sorting the LEGOS (days, people, days!) before I would even begin building. Mr. Business is the bad guy, right? I’m the Mommy, the Supreme Ruler. The awesome all-seeing Rainbow Oracle that promotes gay marriage and welcomes all creatures to her protected realm is a thinly-veiled reference to me. That makes me the good guy. Right? Right. RIGHT!

And, as Gabriel finally admitted, I never, ever threatened to get the glue out. I just like to create order from a slightly less chaotic bit of chaos. So, for a moment or two in the LEGO Movie, I understood Mr. Business. Sure, he was misguided, and possibly a sociopath, but is wanting that moment of perfection really that bad? I’m not sure, because I never did find that piece for the camper, so it has some medieval windows. And my next project is a steampunk-inspired vehicle for the Rainbow Oracle. If you can’t conquer the chaos, I guess you’ve just got to roll with it…

Because every medieval knight needs a camper van for those extra-long sieges...
Because every medieval knight needs a camper van for those extra-long sieges…