02 July 2012
If Patrick tells me that he wants to be Po the Panda when he grows up, my first thought would be to tell him, "You can't be Po the Panda, but you can be the artist or writer that brings Po the Panda to life."
As fathers, where does this get us? Do we push a bunch of kids to grow up wanting to be lawyers, doctors, and engineers. We need these people in the world, and there is nothing wrong with solid careers for our children.
But, who's going to protect the vast reaches of space from aliens or pirates? Who is going to travel through time to finally answer the question, "Which came first the chicken or the egg?"
I hope it's a long time before I tell Patrick the real story behind his dreams ... just to be helpful.
I need to learn when to be helpful ... reality will step in soon enough.
Besides, it would be nice to have a member of the family who can travel through time or across the galaxy.