Friday, September 02, 2005
An Apology To My Kids
I owe an apology to my kids so here it goes...
I'm sorry I made you wait later than all your friends to get a Nintendo. I know you watched everyone else get Gameboys, XBoxes, etc., while you were gameless. I was afraid you would become addicted like I did when "Pong" and "Space Invader" machines started showing up in ...gathering places for young adults.
The TV is addictive enough, I was always amazed at how you could watch a favorite Disney movie over and over, or sing along to Raffi for hours.
I believe I can still recite all the dialogue in the "Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast".
I wanted you to become addicted to the real world, to bugs, birds, fish, and mud first. Instead of virtual adventures that you could start over and over when things went wrong, I wanted you to go on real ones. Real adventures that instill awe, wonder, ...sometimes fear. Everytime you faced some challenge, you stretched your comfort zone. Everytime you did something that at first seemed too scary or too hard, you strengthened your "can do" muscle.
I wanted you to reach for a book first when you were quiet and inside...or better yet, me and a book so we could read together...a zillion illustrated classics, Rascal, Raptor Red, (not Ol' Yeller, though...it's not good for you to see your dad cry)
So now when I see you as teenagers playing a video game, I don't worry.
I know I got to you first...
Posted by R.Powers at 3:19 PM