They worked on it every night for months.
Hours and hours of father and son sifting through thousands of tiny pieces, finding just the right one for just the right fit. Concepts and ideas flew as they built.
Plans were sketched for additions, hidden doorways stashed behind vines growing up the side, horses were placed carefully in their stalls.
Before they were even close to being finished, battles were fought between the Lion Knights and the Dragon Knights, a working trebuchet was constructed, then a seige tower.
Armies lined up in front of the moat with kings perched on thrones to watch.
It was epic.
A full size sheet of plywood sat on barrels in his room, with walking room all the way around so he could build on every side of it.
And it stayed there for about a year.
"Joshua, did you know the Bible talks about Lion Knights and Dragon Knights?"
His eyes grew big.
"In Revelation the Bible calls Jesus the Lion - 'Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered...' and calls Satan the Dragon? - 'Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended." (Rev. 5:5, 20:1)
So their minds were sparked with the study of history and nations, medieval battlefields and spiritual battles.
I couldn't help but feel nostalgic as the castle began to be surrounded with scattered lego pieces and airplanes lined a small path snaking across the floor of his room from doorway to bed.
It was time.
Time marches on, doesn't it?
The Castle came down today, demolished to make room for an epic aircraft carrier and a flying field.
But at least we're still in the LEGO phase. I just hope it lasts a little while longer.
There will be real battles to fight, son, soon enough.