Friday, December 02, 2011
The boys spend the first hour and a half or so actually working on the obstacle course, and the last half hour shooting each other with improvised lego weaponry. By the time I come to pick up TB, the geek-chaos is impressive.
Just walking into the garage, the “we will never get dates” vibe is palpable. There’s no rule against girls, but they aren’t exactly breaking the door down. Part of me wants to shelter TB against diving too deeply into geek culture, for fear of the social cost he’ll pay soon, but part of me is proud that he’s so un-self-conscious about it. He just really enjoys building stuff, and really enjoys being around other kids who build stuff, too.
He gets much more excited about Lego League than about basketball. I enjoy that more than I probably should.
Here’s hoping that junior high schools now are more geek-friendly than they were in my time...
Meanwhile, The Girl marches proudly to her own drummer, too.
A few days ago she went to her friend Jason’s house (not his real name). Jason is a sweet, but very energetic, seven year old boy. Since TG play-wrestles with TB, she can rough and tumble when she wants to, but Jason’s Mom didn’t know that. So when Jason and TG started rough-and-tumbling, Jason’s Mom interrupted them to scold Jason for wrestling with a girl. As Jason stood there, sheepishly listening to his mother’s scoldings, TG flying-tackled him from the side.
I think she’ll be fine.
Although Spotify markets itself as a music app, it works really well with comedy albums. I’ve gone through about a half dozen of them in the last couple of weeks, during drives to statewide meetings. After a serious discussion of important policy stuff, there’s something therapeutic about listening to Amy Schumer or Patton Oswalt in the car on the way home.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, I heard someone actually say this:
“I don’t want to just stand here and thank everyone for their hard work. I just want to thank everyone for their hard work.”
Words to live by...
Nerds have it so much easier now than in our day; I realized this when I noticed that book stores were piling the vampire chick lit next to the comics :-)
The Lego discussion reminded me of the Snap Circuits toy I read about at the Instapundit, which sounds like the grad school version of Lego. Don't have any first hand experience, but it sounds intriguing and seems appropriate.
In a few years, I hope TB keeps an eye out for geek girls. Some male geeks can be pretty clueless about women -- sometimes it's like they want a rule set for social interaction, and they can get bitter and misogynistic after a few years. A geek guy who is comfortable being himself, and who is open to the idea of hanging out with she-geeks, can usually do *very* well in the romance department.
It's not like "Keep your body functional and clean, then be on the lookout for members of your preferred gender who like people who are like you" is a tough ruleset.
Awesome! These are exactly the traits that make someone a good engineer/entrepreneur, interesting person, and valuable contributor in all sorts of environments. Please don't feel the need to "shelter" him from this culture!