The Cool Kid

Here’s my cool kid, always wanting to wear momma’s shades.

The question is, do I want her to be “the cool kid” when she’s older? I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately. We always want our children to be better off than we were, but I have to admit, I kind of hope she’s a nerd.

Although I got along with nearly everyone in school, I was a tall, goofy-looking nerd (and no, you can’t see the pictures to prove it). And you know what? I think I’m better off because of it. I have more compassion for people who don’t fit in, and I endured many “character-building” situations.

So, what is your hope for your children? That they’re a popular member of the in-crowd or their own unique person, whether that makes them a nerd or not?

2 Responses to The Cool Kid

  1. You'll have seen my tweets about the kiddo's tendency to deliberately wear nerdy/geeky clothes. Plaid socks, fedora (at ten years old), and so on.He's kinda doomed to uniqueness. Curly hair, glasses, my height (I was a very short, goofy-looking nerd… heck, I still am). Fortunately for him, nerdity is more respected nowadays, but I expect he'll still get to build plenty of character.

  2. Cat says:

    You're right Karen. "Nerdity" is kind of the cool thing now. That makes it even more interesting. And I love that he wears a fedora! Sounds like he won't be short in the character department :-)

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