I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's January 22nd, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.
I'd like to close out the week of Martin Luther King Jr. quotes on a positive note, while keeping the idea of ignorance as the source in mind.
"We must walk on in the days ahead. With an audacious faith in the future." - Martin Luther King Jr.
My daughter is a fan of Stranger Things, and when Netflix announced the drive through experience last fall, I bought two tickets as soon as I could. And while I was hoping that we would be able to go in October, the earliest date that was available was last night. So we began the year with a pandemic friendly, shared experience that we will remember for years to come.
And a pro parenting tip that I actually took from my wife and have heard other people talk about as well, is taking advantage of those in car moments. You don't have to make eye contact. And your kids are a captive audience. Some of the best conversations I've ever had with Wyatt and Elodie have been on a drive somewhere, or when we've had the opportunity to sit in a car and wait for someone.
Last night as we were going through the Stranger Things drive through, she said two things that reminded me of how our ignorance of events can grow over time. For those of you who don't know much about Stranger Things, it takes place in the 80s, and so everything from video games to synth pop is represented and showcased as being generally awesome.
And on the stage last night at the Starcourt mall, they brought up the Jazzercise team and started dancing. And this is the first thing that led remarked on. She said that she wished she could be in the 80s, because it looked like much more fun than the world we are currently inhabiting. No, she didn't say it like that. that's me paraphrasing.
But I smiled. It said something like, right? I didn't go into full dad mode and tell her about the way things really were. How would I even know? That was a long time ago. But she may be right. My wife and I have talked about how we were never really prepared for moments like the ones we have all experienced over the past year, from COVID to racism, to the storming of the Capitol just two weeks ago. Our parenting skills are still in the midst of being leveled up.
The second thing she mentioned was the style of clothes, and how each time period has its own unique wardrobe. And then it dawned on her that what people wear now will become that someday. Maybe even masks. We'll imagine that it must have been a simpler time.
Maybe. Maybe not.
But what I do know. It's the only way to keep ignorance at bay, the only way to not let ourselves fall into the trap that the past is some magical place, is to put one foot in front of the other, with an audacious faith in the future. One step at a time.
By doing this, we are much more likely to have had the kind of past, we will imagine it to be at some point down the road.
I hope you find this helpful. And remember, there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity is our map. And an audacious faith in the future. We can be ready for anything. So good luck today. You've got this. See you next week.