I’m sitting at a hospital, drinking coffee, waiting for visiting hours. Oh, and soon I’m going to be going in and holding my wife’s hand for the birth of my child (read as: have my hand crushed into a sack of ground bone shards), just as soon as things hurry along and they move us upstairs.
Excited? Hell yeah.
I’m going to have a role in the edumacations of a little person. So what do I teach her?
Boom. That is a massive, titanic, ludicrously ubernormous question. You know what they say about “getting them early” as the key to indoctrination. Well with this amount of early I could make her into a scientist, or a fundamentalist, or a pianist, or a plagiarist… practically no ist is off limits, even the scarier ones.
But you know what I think I’m going to do? I’m going to let her be whatever she wants. No false dichotomies in my house, thank you very much.
So other than broad categories of learning, what little bits and pieces do I want to impart? I know it might be many years before she gets to some of this stuff, but I want to get a big list going and then divide it up by age range later. At the moment I’m thinking about the first ten years worth of stuff…
– Mr Men & Little Miss books
– Brother’s Grimm
– Aesop’s Fables
– Wind in the Willows
– Peter Rabbit
– Norse mythology (there’s gotta be a kids book with pictures somewhere, something sans Freja orgy and general bloodshed)
– The Hobbit
– Meccano (too old?)
– Etch o Sketch
– a flippin’ TRICYCLE
– matchbox cars
– Dress up, everything from Snow White to Iron Man (if Pepper Potts can wear the suit, why the hell can’t my daughter?)
Come on guys and ladies, what essentials am I missing? This is the education of a child we’re talking about here! We can’t miss stuff!
P.S. – to my wife and daughter: love you.