So, I’m about to be a dad. To a son. We’ve got about 2 months to go before life changes irrevocably. It’s getting really real over here. I’ve come to realize that all of the movies I’ve come to love will be at least 5 years old by the time he can understand even a few of them. Every great movie I’ve known will have come out before he was born. I can imagine his reaction to Indiana Jones will be met with the same casual disregard I gave my father when he gushed about John Wayne.
But, at the same time, I wouldn’t know many of my favorite movies if it weren’t for my dad. He bought the video of Raiders Of The Lost Ark that pretty much defined my childhood. He recorded Star Wars off of HBO before I could even use full sentences. And, wouldn’t you know, I’ve even watched some John Wayne movies and really liked them. Not to mention diving into the classics I knew existed, but never took the time to see as kid since they came out before I was born. I wouldn’t know who Steve McQueen was if not for my dad(though I never watched one of his movies until adulthood). Which means I wouldn’t have the interest in motorcycles I can directly link to learning who Steve McQueen was. I simply wouldn’t have the experiences that make me who I am had my dad simply not had “old” movies in the house for me to see, even if I never watched them.
I hope to provide this kind of experience for my kid. I want him to forge his own tastes, for sure, but I hope that he can be inspired by some of the same art I hold dear. I want him to wonder and be transported to galaxies far, far away and I want him to strive for adventure and never think he’s not good enough to be a hero. More than anything I want him to know he can do anything and be whoever he wants to be and that I will be there to guide him when he has questions about the dark side, what it means to pursue a mate that is more Marion Ravenwood than Willie Scott and simply offer him the opportunity to find himself in the moving pictures that have inspired his dear old dad.
So, yeah, it’s exciting.