My daughter took her first steps this week and my heart almost exploded. Being a parent is something I was scared of for a long time but found myself wanting more and more. I find it’s changed the way I think in all sorts of unexpected ways. – for example I suddenly spend a lot more time thinking about children’s stories. I’ve believed for a long time that the stories we tell each other are one of the most powerful ways we transmit values and a sense of belonging as a culture.
I’ve taken to watching movies aimed at children, searching for positive messages I can feel good about sharing. On a flight recently they had the new “Pete’s Dragon” remake and I gave that a look, but quickly turned it off in dissapointment. Which is a shame, the original Pete’s Dragon was a family favorite when I was growing up. So I decided to re-watch it with a more critical father’s eye. Continue reading