Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Children's Interests

My wife is going out with one of her girlfriends for a walk with the kids today.  Her friend has a 3 year old that is obsessed with dinosaurs.  And apparently, everyone's amazed by this.  This is big time news that a 3 year old would be into dinosaurs.

When I was growing up, from the age of three to about 13 or so, I was absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs, So when this little boy discusses the eating habits of an Ankylosaurous vs. that of a Deinonychus, people are oo-ing and awe-ing over how he could possibly know these things.  And I'm sitting there like, "psh, I bet he doesn't even know about the evidence against pack hunting found in a recent Yale University study."  Stupid three year old.

Right around the age of 6, my family moved to San Diego, right in the path of the airport landing area.  There was also a crazy amount of military aircraft constantly circling the air, and doing super sweet touch and go's.  So naturally, my crazy love for dinosaurs then EVOLVED into an obsession for airplanes.  (pats self on back).

For example, my second grade teacher, Mrs. Holland, was such a great teacher that I wanted to thank her after such a good year.  We got caterpillars and grew them into butterflies, people - it was an amazing year.  So what did I do?  I drew a sweet picture of a squadron of ME 109's attacking a village.  She was deeply moved, I could tell.

On a tangent, did you know that the A-10 Thunderbolt II is so sturdy that it can actually lose a piece of its wing and still operate effectively?  The 30mm Avenger cannon on the front of it has earned it the creative name, "Tank Buster".

One word: Bu-GOW!

So I guess the point of the story is that when MY little one gets a little older, I can only HOPE that he's interested in awesome boy things.  The following is a list of pre-approved things that are awesome:

  • Rocket Ships
  • Space
  • Insects
  • Forts and their corresponding structural integrity
  • History is OK as long as it's military history
  • Ninjas
  • Race Cars
  • Tanks
I have a nephew who is a great kid, and I love him dearly, but he's into Pokemon.  There's not much cool that Pokemon has going for it.  And this off the heels of a deep Elmo obsession.  If I can help it, this will not be the path of my own boy.

Not that there's anything wrong with Pokemon and Elmo, but...just sayin'


  1. Gotta put "bewbs" on that list of yours. It happens sooner than you think.

  2. AT our house it will be the following: basketball, cars (either Disney cars or matchbox cars), football, the Civil War and that's more or less it :)

  3. What is it about Russians and jews...and jews and russians and russian jews that always equal F.U.N.N.Y. Pleased to meet you.

  4. I see you got a visit from the empress...she's good people.

    Here's a tip: don't turn Elmo on. That furry red bastard does something to children. Alex is rocking a cookie monster obsession, which I approve of, but which we can't indulge too much because old red face is nearby. So instead, I put on march madness. Now that it's over, I thank heavens for dvr

  5. Hmm. Where does Sponge Bob fit in to all this? My kid is not quite 7 months old and has a real affinity for him already. How does this bode?


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