I’ve been trying to raise my children right.
I try to make sure my little girls are well-versed in important things — stuff that might one day come in handier than algebra — like superheroes and their secret identities. Not only that, but their careers and what excuse they might make if their day job is interrupted by a gang of evil-doers or an asteroid hurtling toward the earth.
I try to make sure they know about alternate universes, who lives there and how it might be possible to visit (example: “cosmic treadmill.”)
We discuss the proper application of super-powers. These include over-arching themes, such as “for good and not evil,” but also more practical matters like super-cold and whether it would be best to come out of your fingertips or your eyeballs.
We are learning other important stuff, too.
We all know that the Who in Doctor Who is a question, rather than a name. (Except my littlest kid mashes The Doctor with Dr. Seuss and calls him Doctor Wheuss.) In my house, people of all ages know the Doctor travels through space and time in a blue box that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and we know his most fearsome enemies look like pepper shakers and we each hold strong opinions about our favorite traveling companions for The Doctor.
It’s not really that the particulars are so important to me. I just want their imaginations to soar. I want their ideas to break barriers in space and time.
How about you?
What important geek lessons are you imparting?