Just a guy who bought a comic for his kid one day and BOOM! My hobby as a child has come back full force!
Ever since I was a teenager I had always dreamed of the day of sharing my love for comics with my son. I always intended to give my collection to him when he was ready. As I have stated in a previous blog, my teenage collection went missing when I left home. Out of all the things I lost while gone, the comics were the things I grieved the most becuase I still had my heart set on giving them to my name sake.
Today my son is 6 years old. I bought him his first comic last year. (you can see his collection on my profile under GV). He is my name sake, George Alfred Lynch V. I was so excited when he showed interest. I didn't have a collection to pass on, but I was excited to get him a subscrition.
Well, with one subsctiption came another and another. Then I got a few for myself. Next thing I know I am on Ebay building my collection back up and getting some of those loved comic book issues from my childhood once again. All the while, still hoping to have that connection with my little guy.
We went to the local comic shop the other day. I didn't tell him where we were going because I wanted it to be a surprise. When we got there he was all but surprised. He had no interest at all what so ever. We went in and he poked around at some of the toys in there while totally bypassing any comics. I didn't want to push so I just let him browse. Finally, he was to bored to take it any longer and was ready to go. I picked out my selections and we left. I walked out with 2 comics, an unhappy 6 year old, and a father/son date that ended in disaster and disapointment.
I truly don't have much to give. I grew up without a dad so I don't really know how to use tools, fix cars, play sports, or any of those things my friends did with their days that created that boding time. I know video games, comics, and the Gospel (I'm a pastor).
Maybe things will change. Maybe he will come around as he learns to read better? Maybe not. I refuse to be pushy about it and allow him to grow into the things he finds interesting. Comics was just one of those things I had always dreamed would be that father/son bond in my future.
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