I am working out my GEEKels (Geek Kegels) as we approach the theatrical release of the Avengers movie! I already have a series called Modern Myths that talks about comic characters in popular. This is an extension of that idea asking what if I had a dad with their traits, and am I that kind of dad? It’s just another reason for me to Geek-Out on my blog, so enjoy and check back as I work through the roster!
Thor grew up as a golden boy! Everything seemingly falls into place for him. As a father-figure, he would seem wildly successful and difficult to live up to. Pressure and expectations would not come from him, explicitly, but i would feel that they were implied. He is the standard for what my life as his kid would have to be, and anything less would be considered a failure.
If I’m Thor to my kids!
I need to make sure they know that success did not come easy to me, and that I did make some wrong turns, but learned from them. Communication, again, is key to making sure I can relate to my kids, and them to me. Be sure t come along side of them as they get older as a guide, and not always a higher being they idolize. The sooner they see my humanity, the easier it is to forgive me for my shortcomings that may not always be apparent.
What makes Thor so powerful in the Marvel universe comes from the lessons learned from his father and the rivalry of his stepbrother. True, he is the God of Thunder, but he is humbled by the realization and experience of his own mortality; he comes by his honor and courage honestly. Thor learns valuable lessons about life before being loosed upon it from under his father’s shadow. He overcomes, endures, and perseveres, and it is because of that he has success. What lessons do we need to be sure to pass on to our kids, and how do we make sure it sinks in?