I don't really want to be "that guy," you know, the one always showing off and bragging about his kids. The guy that talks only about his kids, as in when asked 'what's up' he starts telling you about his kids. I don't want to be the guy so focused on his sons that he forgets that he can still be himself, and not just someones dad. I don't want to be that guy that shows funny pictures and tells you heartfelt stories, teary-eyed and earnestly, forgetting along the way, that he had once dreams and aspirations of his own. I don't want to be that guy that lives through his kids...
I choose to be "that man" instead.
I honestly gave some thought to this, for once. I took a look back through a lot of the nearly two-hundred-and-eighty posts I have laid down here and, overall, I don't think it sounds too braggy, does it?
I mean it's not really bragging if I show you something, like, say... the giant-ass LEGO scene they conjured and cobbled together with pieces from dozens of different sets. It wouldn't be bragging because I would tell you that the boys spent hours on it inspired by the LEGO magazine they get. I'd tell you that they wanted me to take a picture of it to send in to get published in that esteemed periodical. I might go on and on about the nature of heartbreak, how I knew that it would most likely not be used - for one thing Zack looks demonic in it and Nick is, well, upside-down - but it's fun to try and such and all. I then might point out that all I really want to do is have a picture of it here so they can remember the excitement in sending something in, remember filling out the forms and using cursive to sign their little release forms. I'd tell how cute and earnest they were choosing the name "Jungle Palace" for it, how hopeful and optimistic. It wouldn't be bragging then, right?
It wouldn't be show-offy to show, say, a couple of interesting crayon drawings that I think are ushering in a new era of a more symbolic style art, a tentative, exploratory foray in to personal iconography and metaphoric thinking. It wouldn't sound like too much of a boast if I wrapped some fancy words around it and tied it up with thoughts about hopes and dreams.
Nick did "Dragon-Fly At Noon"and Z did the, well, other one...
It wouldn't be bragging to show a paper dragon that Zack made because I could introduce it with the notion of invention and necessity and how, improvisationally, he came to invent the leaf-spring on which his majestic dragon hovers as if in midair, so convincingly brilliant. But, it wouldn't be bragging because I wouldn't have to tell you the genius of what he did because it is so obvious.
I'd just be being silly if I added this image and told a little story like...
I asked Nick what he was making after he'd been working on this orange construction paper and string creation for over an hour and he said: "I do not know, I think it might be a Christmas ornament." I could hide my boastfulness in a chuckle, and, perhaps, I'd add something about mindfulness, being in the moment and the profound art of unitasking, which he is so very good at.
If I were to over-analyze an image, dissect it a bit, poke a little fun at it, find wonder in it; if, say, it were a quick sketch of what appears to be
It wouldn't be showing off Zack's mad math skills if I showed you a difficult equation that he figured out because, I'd just say self-deprecating things about how I'd never be able to do it the way he did it and how he is being taught a far deeper and more accessible style math than I ever was. I could laugh off my jealousy and make you wonder how much you truly understand math.
Seriously, could you do it that way... now, see, that sounds braggy.
I could show this cool "storey bord in comic form" that Nick came up with.
We could have a laugh or two at his poor spelling: "creashion" for creation, "asosheashion" for association. I could chuckle at what is not his first adobe church with three crosses, and his curious habit of writing upwards when he works in graphic novel form. None of that would be too boasty, just fun.
But, on this one panel, if I were to show it to you - yeah, I'd be bragging, because I am proud and stand in awe at the beauty and love and understanding and creativity and empathy that is in the heart of all children:
Well, so, is what I am doing here a sort of bragging? Yeah, I guess it is, but, I am trying beyond measure to justify it and make it seem like I am not.
I still don't know what's going on in Marci's backseat so, here's a visual something you don't expect...
What makes it so odd is that is clearly a tsunami wave not a "blizzerd" and, I feel confidant, Nick might have been able to spell tsunami correctly, I mean, it already seems misspelled ...
Thanks for popping in today, I hope I didn't seem too smug.