By Aleha Syed
Pieces of Legos that click in more ways than one.
We sit on the floor as the pieces are sprawled at our feet
You and the music start harmonizing in your unmatched pitch but to me it sounds like the perfect white noise
Stuck together, we stack the pieces like layers of a cake
With every new layer more snaps and clicks
The music in the background grows dimmer as the sounds of the clicking and snapping grows loud
You look around and start grasping the air with your hands
From the laptop to the mess in front of us to me
“I want to take this all in,” you say
So I do the same.
As I peer into your world of red I am illuminated by the warmth of your ability to not take anything seriously and the gleeful sound you make over things I find miniscule
You peer into my world of blue and are shaken by cold but familiar hands that have reached capabilities you undoubtedly admire
Beginning as separate junkyard pieces on an abandoned lot
We attract into one another like two opposite magnets
Combined we create our version of amethyst
The two of us click into each other
we snap together
with every conversation we have
we build together
Like pieces of a spaceship being put together
we get put together
as the final puzzle piece fits
Like the Legos in front of us, we click
I was on the phone with my mentor while at a friends house. She had asked me about any ideas I had for any upcoming writing pieces and I told her I wasn’t sure of any right then because I was building Legos with my friend. Then it hit me: Legos. As this wave of inspiration hit me, I looked at the scene in front of me and knew it was the perfect topic to write about. My writing piece, “Legos,” is based on true events that happened before my call with my mentor and it hints at different inside remarks between my friend and I. Through using different metaphors, I was able to connect my friend and I to Legos, clicking, and our relationship.
Aleha (uh-lee-ha) loves learning, as weird as it sounds. The rush of learning something difficult, but then finally understanding and getting it right exhilarates her, which explains her love for math and science. However, Aleha does also have a creative side. She loves art; one of her pieces made it to the Metropolitan Museums of Art semi-finals this year. She also loves expanding her horizons and trying new things out! Growing up with immigrant parents, speaking English wasn’t always reinforced, however with the program, she hopes to change that.