Quote of the Day
A startup is a temporary organization searching for a repeatable and scalable business model.
— Steve Blank
My wife and I went out to dinner this weekend with our oldest son and his girlfriend. We had a good time reminiscing about "the good old days". I always find it interesting that both of our sons fondly mention the little things in their childhoods as being special moments. This weekend, my oldest son recalled how we would spend Saturday morning watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) . All three of us would be laughing the whole time. There is no sound as wonderful as that of children laughing. We still talk about how fun it was to watch Japanese monster movies on MST3K. As far as I am concerned, that is the only way to enjoy Godzilla and Gamera.
In addition to our Saturday morning ritual, we also had our little rituals during the week. I am not really a video game person (unless you count Silent Hunter), but I would play games with them like Contra and Dizzy for a few minutes every day. At that time, I would never have suspected that I was creating such fond memories with my sons. My youngest son has said that my gaming with him were his fondest memories.
My favorite memory occurred late one night when my sons snuck out of their bedrooms and came downstairs to watch TV with me. It was long after their bedtime, but I decided to let them stay up late. They loved to stay up late, but I knew they needed their sleep. One night I was watching the movie To Kill a Mockingbird and I decided to let them watch it with me. They were mesmerized by it -- I think they really identified with Scout. We had a wonderful discussion about people, discrimination, and how important it is to treat everyone with respect.
I sometimes hear folks say that television and video games are problems for children. Used properly, television and video games can also provide wonderful memories.