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The Story of the Legacy Minded Legos: “It’s Never Too Late”


By Joe Pellegrino

When my son Joey was around 8, I would take him in the backyard and teach him how to play baseball. The deal was that if he hit the ball over my head, I would buy him a big Pirate Lego ship. He really wanted that. Unfortunately, he never hit it over my head. Or did he?

My son thought he did. I disagreed. Regardless, it obviously bothered him because he thought that I reneged on the deal. When Joey was 24 years old he took a job in the Orlando area. In November 2013, we drove from New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida in record time. During our time in the car we had several conversations, mostly good. But there were a few that told me that there still existed some tension between us.

Once we arrived we needed to get him settled in his new apartment. Our first stop was the local Walmart. As we shopped for cleaning supplies and various odds and ends I came across the Lego aisle. As I stood in front of the new version of the Pirate Lego ship, I realized that Lego ship was creating a wedge between us. I decided that it was time I did something about it. I flew home and the very next day my first stop was Walmart. I purchased that Pirate Ship, wrapped it and waited for Christmas.

When Joey came home for Christmas I could not wait to give him this special gift. After all the gifts were given out, I told him I had one more gift for him, but he needed to first read the card I had written. It said simply:


This is long overdue, and for that I am sorry. Please accept this, late as it may be, for the continual home runs you are hitting in your life.

– Love Dad

The look on his face told the story. After reading the note he said he knew exactly what the gift was. That day we spent Christmas at my brother in law Timmy’s house. Timmy asked Joey what he got for Christmas. Joey put his arm around me and told Timmy that “my dad never has to buy me another gift”. That meant the world to me!

No matter how bad you screw up, no matter how many years have passed, you can always do something about your mistakes. Even if the person you go back to fails to forgive you, you will be released. I am so thankful that I tried to right a wrong, and I believe that Joey and I are better for it! It’s never too late!

Joe Pellegrino is the founder of Legacy Minded Men. Legacy Minded Men exists to transform lives by engaging, equipping and encouraging men to build a Christ-centered legacy. They do this through the creation of powerful free resources for individuals or groups.