I have two boys, ages 13 and 10 and I’m very close to both of them.
Even after a decade of being a dad, I’m still blown away at how intensely, and differently, I love them. I think about that quite a bit and plan on writing more about it here.
My older son and his friends have me convinced that kids today are different in one particular way. It seems that kids today actually listen to the lyrics of songs. Maybe it’s just my son and his particular group of friends, but I’m hoping it’s because we have taught him that words mean things and garbage in = garbage out.
This definitely wasn’t the case with me when I was his age. I’ve lost count on the times my wife and I will be riding in the car listening to the 70’s channel on XM and one of us will say, “Did you realize this song is about _______?” (fill in the blank with something bad, real bad)
I spent much of my junior and senior years in high school listening to Adam And The Ants. I’m now 41 and am just realizing that Adam And The Ants spent much of their time trying to convince me that they were gay, dandy highwaymen.
How did I not get that until now?