As I write this I am currently sat next to my little boy (18mths old) while he lays in his cot drifting off to sleep. Now that doesn't seem special really does it? Lots of dads do the bedtime routine. But, how many say good night to the Funko's that they are collecting with their son. That's right boys and girls. Almost every night before bed, my little boy points at the collection of Funko's that we have and says good night to some of them. It depends on the evening who he says it to. Tonight we wished Batman, The Joker, Stan Lee and Prof Xavier a good night and then my little boy pointed to his bed.
This got me thinking about somethings I've seen over the last few days about people going crazy about going to see Star Wars with their kids and family's and that its "just" a film. They say that they should put that much enthusiasm into their daily lives and maybe they'd get more done.
While I understand that Star Wars may not be everyone's cup of tea, I can't see anything wrong with sharing a passion with your family and children. I don't see people saying the same thing about people taking to see their kids to see a football or rugby game in the pouring rain or traveling 100's of miles when they could be at home revising and doing homework instead.
My point is that if you have something in your life that you are passionate about them why the chuff wouldn't you want to pass that sort of enthusiasm into your kids. Just because I go mental when a new trailer comes out for the next Marvel film (I'm pointing at you Civil War) doesn't mean I don't try to have the same enthusiasm in everything I do. If anything, having these geeky moments make it easier for me to put up with my day job, which at times can be kinda boring. Yes I should be doing something I'm more passionate about but it's not always that easy.
So, here is my hope/wish.
I hope that when my kids are a bit older that they still want to collect these little toys together. My little girl is 5 and we are collecting Disney and Harry Potter ones, of which she has 15 with some more on the way at Xmas. My little boy has superhero and Star Wars ones and he is up to 24 but that's mainly due to sharing them with me. We also have more on the way at Xmas .
I also hope that my kids love going to the cinema as much as I do and that when they are in their teens and older they still want to get together once a week with their old dad to have a movie night, whether it's at home or the cinema I don't mind.
There is every chance that they will hate this kind of stuff as they get older but my little girl loves it at the moment so I think we're OK and I would rather enjoy that we share this interest than turn it down as being silly and pointless. When she recently asked if we could watch all the Star Wars films together it brought a tear to my eye ( that's not an exaggeration).
Basically what I'm getting at is that if someone is passionate about something then don't knock it just because you don't understand it. Funnily enough this works as pretty sound life advice too.
I've been a geek since I was a little boy and I think I'll always be a geek, it's part of who I am. Some of the most awesome people I know are massive geeks who also have amazingly important jobs but that doesn't stop or hinder them in that job. If I can pass on my geeky ways to my kids then for me that would be a win in the parenting column. I can think of worse things to get my kids interested in.
Anywho, that's my little rant for this evening over. I wish everybody a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Thats all for now.
See you soon.