Cork Board, Superheroes, and Crossing the Road

I’m not a superhero fan, have read maybe a handful of comic books in my life, and had never seen a superhero movie in its entirety until The Lego Batman Movie last weekend. I’ve never eaten a Trader Joe’s brownie. I also have never thought more than looking both ways before crossing the road. Enter new perspective.

Speakers spoke. Dads listened.Laughter erupted. Jaws dropped. Tears rolled. Emotions ran the gamut.

Here’s a few non-bulletpointed takeaways.6b177b25-686a-4615-87dc-fd34fec1f41b

As former Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman said, “be at your best, on command.” I won’t try putting into context because Tobin Walsh, The Good-Bad Dad, captured it perfectly over in his post. CLICK THE LINK, it’s an A+ read!!

Glen Henry, aka Beleaf Melanin, was the speaker.

One day, while waiting in line with his son at Trader Joe’s, a child in front of them was crying because his mother wouldn’t buy him/give him brownies, described by him as “mahogany cork board.”

However, he didn’t focus on the interaction (and eventual caving) of the parent in front of them. Instead, he turned to see what his son was doing, how he was seeing this.

And I quote Beleaf: “You may not have enough space on your hard drive to store those files. The operating system you run on doesn’t support that format of behavior.”

In other words, that shit don’t fly.

Kids don’t listen, but they observe.

And the “hard drive” comment kind of tied in to what Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, Weekend at Bernie’s, Weekend at Bernie’s II) spoke about when he said “power of example is the best thing we can do for our kids.”

Kids don’t listen, but they observe.

As a parent, it’s our responsibility to set that example for our kids. They’re not always going to like us, but seeing the consistency in the way we carry ourselves is important. We’re their superheroes.

This also (it’s all related in some form or another) ties into yet another sentiment, this one shared by The Exodus Road‘s Matt Parker, about “crossing the road.” If you see someone across the road in distress, would you just sit there and do nothing? Or would you cross and help a stranger, a child, or even an animal? Sure, you’ve got to worry about your own safety to a certain extent, more-so if you’ve got a young child in tow. But lead by example. Be the superhero your kid thinks you are.

They observe our actions. They notice how we react to things. They see how we treat others. They hear what we say and the tone in which we say it.They learn from us. They mimic us because they want to be us.

Superhero status: unlocked.

So…kids won’t always don’t listen (except when you let loose a Swear Jar word and they repeat it a dozen times) but they do pay attention.

The only thing we want as parents is to raise good, decent, compassionate young people who grow up to be good, decent, compassionate adults. Where do they practice and learn to do this? As the late 2Pac said, “all eyez on me.”

So, be a superhero; cross the road; make sure your operating systems are synced. You never know who’s wat…actually you do.

Your kids.

(Apologies if I neglected giving credit to someone. In a total rookie move, I left my chickenscratch notes in the hotel.)

2 thoughts on “Cork Board, Superheroes, and Crossing the Road

  1. Ryan,

    Really great take on Dad 2.0. I liked the McCarthy quote, “Let your sins be your own.”

    We’re all trying our beset.


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