Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pass It On

There are things in all families that get passed from one generation to the next. These can be positive (and negative) character traits as well as shared physical characteristics. We pass down heirlooms from one generation to the next, special recipes from our grandmothers, and holiday traditions. I admit that one of the things my wife & I have passed on our children is a love of literature and the telling of a good story. Tonight we shared both of those by going to see The Hobbit.

It isn't just about a great movie (which it was) or a fantastically written tale of fantasy (which it is.) It's getting a chance to share in the adventure of a story that was a big part of our childhoods. It's hearing the excitement in our girls' voices as they talk over each other in the van on the way home. It's seeing a tale on the screen that I imagined for years and having the opportunity to enjoy the thrill with my family. There's a deep satisfaction in passing on the love of something from our childhoods and knowing it provides the same wonder and excitement for them.

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