I have changed the tagline of the DAN a.k.a. DAD website. Previously it read, “Adventures In Midlife Fatherhood w/ Jean Louise.” Not to take anything away from my awesome kid, it now reads, “Adventures In Midlife Fatherhood With Geek Philosophy.” Why the change?
As I mentioned in my previous post last week (INCREASING MY DAD LEVEL TO 2.0), I attended the Dad 2.0 Summit — “an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.” I learned a lot from the speakers, presenters, and other dads in attendance in regards to how better define my “dad blog” presence. I was also enlightened to a lot more in regards to fatherhood and parenthood in general, which I will expand upon in later posts. The entire Dad 2.0 Summit was a great experience overall and I look forward to attending again.
But, back to the “Now With Geek Philosophy!” There are a lot of dad blogs out there, and many of them are of the “I’m an old dad” variety. In my conversations with presenters and other dads it became apparent that I had a definite “geek” influence with my outlook on life and my choice on how to raise my kid(s). I’m the dad that has to be sure to put a ribbon barrette in my daughter’s hair so that she’s not confused for a boy because I dress her in Star Wars and superhero t-shirts. I’m the dad that is launching a new podcast called DAD DND that features a group of fathers playing Dungeons & Dragons. I already have a Star Trek and Star Wars podcast called Starmageddon in which I often discuss how I’m subjecting my child to both sci-fi franchises.
To quote Aristotle… “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” (See what I did there? I threw in an actual Greek Philosopher.) Now, good ol’ Aristotle probably was speaking along the lines of empathy and compassion for one’s fellow man when he spoke of educating the heart, and not a passion for space operas and spandex clad vigilantes. But passion is passion. And, a vast majority of my favorite science-fiction and fantasy properties promote empathy and compassion — as well as ethics, morality, justice, integrity, and virtue in addition art, lore, and science. Not to mention that geek culture is just fun, dammit!
I have yet to read any of the Harry Potter novels or watch any of the Harry Potter movies. Not because I didn’t want to. It’s because I was waiting until I had a child of my own to enjoy them with. Now, Jean Louise — being only 13 months old — is still to young for Harry Potter, but come five or six years when we crack open Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to read at bedtime… I can’t wait.
You see… Like most fathers, I’ve already got this vision of my daughter in the future — an astronaut. I don’t know why. I just do. It may be how she tends to look out through the window and up toward the sky when I change her diaper. Or, it may be that she looks like she’s sitting in a cockpit of a space shuttle whenever I strap her into her highchair. Now, she may very likely (and probably) not grow up to be an astronaut. And that’s okay. However, she will grow up believing that she will live long and prosper, that with great power comes great responsibility, and that the Force is with her.