“I am a nerd.” If you are my age, and like me, then these words were never openly spoken when you were growing up either. The public ridicule that usually followed being branded a nerd was not something most of us enjoyed. So, like other nerds, I read my comics in secret and flipped through my super hero trading cards when home alone. This could be the beginning of a sad story, but, in fact, it is just the opposite. The nerds have inherited the earth, you see. Not only are we trendy, but we are also the captains of industries that drive the world, and not just as stereotypical scientists. We. Are. Popular.
Now as an adult (and I use that term loosely), I am raising my own kids to embrace true nerddom. They are experiencing joy in these worlds every day, while I get to relive my own childhood joy through their eyes. If you don’t believe me, watch Star Wars (A New Hope, thank you very much) with a kid for the first time. Their commentary will be the highlight of your week, but I will talk about that later.
|Most important life lesson, ever!|
The oldest when not proclaiming he is Batman runs around the house with a blanket cape and a bucket on his head as Super Logan, a super hero persona of his own creation. His world has its own rules and he has very defined powers. He never breaks character. Don’t even try to call him Super Logan when he’s out of costume, because he won’t respond. He knows that a secret identity is important, and he will never reveal his.
|You might be older, but I am Batman!
Never forget it!
There’s something more going on here. Life is a journey, after all. And in this life, we all encounter villains, schemers, side-kicks, fellow heroes and heroines, moral quandaries, and moments that will leave us feeling like the cosmos themselves are being torn apart. Stories that build into the fabric of our reality concepts and modes of dealing with these ultimately very real scenarios and personas can shape our reactions and moral fibers, all under the guise of a good read or fun cartoon. I raise my kids as nerds, because they are the heroes of their own stories. And that is as it should be.
The Good Nerd