Wednesday, June 5, 2019

My Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Yes, it is true.  I am growing younger.  I know you are waiting for the punchline, but there is none.  I am growing younger.

5. I used to enjoy watching adult movies and stories.

4. Then I got bored of the same old John Wayne or Tom Cruise, who basically beat the shit out of everyone and saved the day.  Tired of this ridiculous story over and over again.

3. So, I started to read middle school novels, and in them I found groups of kids working together to accomplish goals and figure out life together.  And, I still like reading these sorts of stories because relationships are so much more real than John Wayne and Tom Cruise characters.

2. Then we had our daughter, and I began reading children's books.  The complexity of the imagination, storytelling, and artwork in these books has taken hold of me.  Sometimes I hear other parents talk about their boredom over reading a book for the twenty-fifth time to their kid, and I can certainly understand that!  No judgment here.  However, for whatever reason, I never seem to get bored.  I read them over and over again to my daughter and to me, and it takes a long time for me to get bored.

1. I think I am getting a glimpse into the vast world of complexity, wonder, and beauty that Fred Rogers saw in the world of make-believe and the children who live in that space.  I told you - I am growing younger, but unlike Benjamin Button, my growing younger is real.  I will swim in childhood stories for the rest of my life, or at least I hope to.

For a quick glimpse into the deep emotional world of a child, watch "Stick Man" on Netflix.  30 minutes of deep, child-like, full-bodied emotional connection.  

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