From The Storyteller
Hello All: Something I learned from an eight year old boy. Enjoy. Doug
“Is this a kissing book?” A quote from one of the opening scenes in the movie The Princess Bride, to which I can relate because I grew up doing my best to avoid “kissing book” type stuff. As an eight-year-old kid, being kissed was something I hated. It seemed every adult, female relative I had felt an obligation to kiss my cheek every time we met.
Recognizing my feelings about kissing have changed over the years caused me to think about how much my taste in TV have also changed. My TV choices as a kid included the “thriller” Shock Theater showing movies like the Mummy, Dracula and Frankenstein, and “action” westerns like Roy Rogers, Gun Smoke, and The Rifle Man.
At eight I craved excitement, action and more action, and today my choice of an “action thriller” show is watching homes being remodeled on HGTV. From my observations about how my feelings about kissing, TV choices and so many other things have changed over the years, I drew the conclusion that everything changes over time. I was wrong.
This past week I discovered something that has not changed. Specifically, I experienced the excitement of an 8-year-old boy (my grandson). On a scale of 1-10 he was at 11+ as he told me about playing with his X-Box. At that moment I realized he was experiencing the same excitement I felt watching Roy Rogers on TV.
Yes, X-Box and TV westerns look completely different. The excitement, however, I could feel bubbling inside of him brought me back to my days where, as an eight-year-old, I was holding my breath as Roy and Dale got the bad guys. It made me smile then, and I find myself smiling as I write this.
Moral: Things that are really Important don’t change.