I do not share his love for these things. I try to listen, but he gets so excited and he starts talking so fast that he loses me. I don't particularly want to become an expert in Moshi Monster culture or the Wii, but they bring great joy to my son.
I can specifically remember as a child wanting my loves to be appreciated and approved by my parents. I wanted to be known. I know it is an innate human need.
So, tonight I pray for the patience and selflessness to step outside of my likes and try to muster up enthusiasm for video game characters and the little known facts about them. I don't care a lick about Luigi, Waluigi and Bowser...but my boy does. Loving him means meeting him on his turf and accepting the invitation when he invites me into his imaginative world.
It is a small price to pay, really, to have a chance to bond with my boy.