My son Zachary recently turned 10. Like any boy of ten, he had his wish list of what he wanted for his birthday. He loves Lego, so he can usually count on getting some great Lego kits. He also loves Minecraft. He has been learning and playing this “virtual Lego” for a few years now. And because he loves to read, he has also been reading books about Minecraft.
There is an excellent book series for young readers that takes you into a Minecraft world and pits the protagonist against all the nasty bad guy characters. There are approximately 8 books in the series currently in publication, with more due over the next few years. Zach loves the books so much, he has even corresponded with the author a few times. When he gets interested in things, he REALLY gets interested!
We knew he had no idea the surprise that was in store for him. We figured his reaction would be worth recording. We were not disappointed.
Zachary is a lot like both Heather and I; he wears his heart on his sleeve and is prone to big emotional responses. I know some parents might not approve, but I love that my kids are not afraid of showing their emotions. Adults can learn a lot from them. As we get older we “learn” to control our emotions, to be aware of upsetting or offending those around us by our emotional reactions. We learn to “stifle”.
I don’t plan on teaching Zachary and Beth-Rose this lesson. And I hope they never learn it.