So, I was sitting on the couch, while my family ate dinner, watching Empire Strikes Back. Things were going well and everyone was eating and watching the movie too. Or at least I thought things were going well, until my 4 year old, Sarah said “Who is that robot guy?” to which I calmly replied “C3PO”. But internally I was thinking ” OUCH!!!”.
Now this point, my mind started racing: Have I failed as a geek mom? Will the geek police come and take me away? How will I live with myself? Clearly, in my sci-fi repertoire, I have failed to expose her to both Star Trek and Star Wars equally. I have to admit, since Next Generation is on Netflix, I’ve been watching it a lot.
Now, let me state that my 4 year old can tell you who Gordy LaForge is and who Lt. Worf is too. She can also tell you that Data is an android and that Lore is his brother. And that Wesley Crusher is cool (see Wil, not everyone thinks you failed Star Trek, at least not this house!) Not bad for a 4 year old!
So, the real question is did I fail her as a geek mom? Probably not. It’s just a matter of exposure and clearly, I need to watch more Star Wars with her!
(By the way, any ideas of changing a 4 year old girl into a Klingon for Halloween would be great! She wants to be Lt. Worf for Halloween.)