I Advise You To Keep Teaching Them About Real Heroes

BlutoDear Modern Philosopher,

I am writing to you because I am having a problem with my grandsons, and would love some advice from someone who better understands that generation.

I adore the boys, and always look forward to spending time with them.  I know I will not be around forever, so I try to impart as much of my “ancient wisdom” on them as possible while I still can.  The lads actually enjoy this, calling it their “Yoda and Obi Wan time”.

This weekend, however, they don’t seem to want to listen to their beloved Jedi Master.  I was hoping to teach them about the significance of Memorial Day by regaling them with stories from my time serving in the Army, and telling them about some of my friends that I lost on the field of battle.

I was seriously disappointed when then turned down my offer, and instead, begged me to take them to see this new Adventures of X Man movie.  They say it’s about a group of Superheroes that travel back in time to save the world.

I’ll always give my grandsons anything they ask, but I just wish they’d prefer to hear my stories about going back in time to days when heroes wore military uniforms, and were just every day men and women willing to sacrifice their lives for their country.

How do I make them understand?

Grandfather Battling A Double Generation Gap

MEMORIALDear Grandpa,

First of all, thank you for your service to our country, and I’m sorry for the loss of your friends during your time overseas.

I never knew my grandparents, so I think your grandsons are incredibly lucky that they get to spend time with you, learn from you, and love you.  You know how kids are, though…they don’t realize the amazing things they have until they no longer have them.

The X-Men are very popular Superheroes, and being a movie lover myself, I can see why they would be excited to have their personal Jedi Knight take them to see the flick.  They want you to share the experience with them, and give you some insight into how their young minds work.  Don’t you think it’s cool that they asked you, rather than their parents, to accompany them to the movie?

I also agree that the boys need to learn about real life heroes.  And what better time to teach them this lesson than after you’ve spent the afternoon at the cinema?  Their minds will be open, thirsty sponges seeking new tales of excitement, and new heroes to worship and idolize.

I advise you to keep teaching them about real heroes.  Make sure they go home to
Mom and Dad with a better understanding of why we celebrate Memorial Day.  Open their eyes to the fact that Grandpa is a hero that fought off villains far more dangerous than Magneto and his bunch.

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you for this letter, which gave me an opportunity to remind my readers who the real heroes are!


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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23 Responses to I Advise You To Keep Teaching Them About Real Heroes

  1. This is beautiful!

  2. mandolinsummer says:

    Kids listen more than you think… I agree with Austin. Satisfy their need for digital entertainment first but then make it real for them by adding your own stories. Trust me, when they are older, they’ll be glad you did. I will always regret the fact that my grandparents told me very little about their interesting lives and I never thought to ask until it was too late.

  3. ksfinblog says:

    Take them with you and share with them their wants and dreams ………it is a slow process; sort of, like osmosis…… add colors to their lives and they will listen and remember them…….

  4. Take them to the movie today, and tomorrow, take them to a Memorial Day service/parade/ceremony. I did this with my kids. I made them approach a service member and thank them for serving their country. The kids hated me for this of course, but it stuck with them. One older guy told me he’d never been thanked, which saddened me.

  5. Great way to tie in the real meaning of the holiday.

    • Austin says:

      Thanks. I always make sure that I write….ummm… I mean choose a letter written by a reader that really reflects the day. This letter was just tailor made for the message I wanted to get across today. How fortunate that someone sent it to me, huh?

  6. Lorra B. says:

    I also agree with Austin…tho I wish I knew the ages of your little darlings. Kids are so funny as they Rollllll their eyes to yet another tale from grandpa! LOL! But the truth is, they love it but won’t appreciate it until they are older.

    Ever think of making a game out of your “stories?” The one who gets the most answers correct get an ice cream or some equally yummy treat? Kids can be competitive so it might be fun, enlightening and entertaining. Our family loves Pictionary…just make up your own subject cards! I know it sounds lame, but it works for us…

    Thank you for your service sir!!!!

  7. ksbeth says:

    yes, here’s to the real heroes )

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