Oftentimes after an evening consisting of hours straight spent just working, I’ll indulge myself in a snack (usually a toasted “everything” bagel 🙂 ) and unwind to a classic cartoon I grew up with as a child (a ritual I tend to also do when I have lunch home alone too).
Recently, I watched an old episode of DuckTales – an 80’s cartoon I grew up with. I have very fond memories of the show. I started watching it since it released in 1987 (I remember receiving a promotional postcard while visiting Disney World in Orlando for the first time that year!). So one thing that excites me about having children is hopefully passing on some of the things that I loved as a child. Since many of the great cartoons I was raised on have now hit DVD – in many cases in their entirety too – my wife and I had started building our collection of guilty pleasures: Garfield & Friends, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs, Transformers, G.I. Joe, etc… and the thought of sitting down with my children some day to share these with them really kind of makes me anxious to get to that age when it’s possible to do that with them. Of course, in addition to cartoons, there’s toys, kids movies, even VeggieTales that I’m looking forward to sharing with them. And don’t even get me started on Christmas music! 🙂
I’m certainly grateful that my grandfather passed down classic movies to my parents and that we had those kinds of things to grow up on, including old, classic Christmas music (Bing, Frank, Spike Jones, Percy Faith, etc). The thought of sharing it with someone for the first time is exciting! …. I just hope he or she likes the same stuff we do! ;o)