Way back in the Roaring Nineties when the bigger brothers were just wee lads, better 1/2 and I saved and saved for Christmas. We had a few extra bucks, Santa knew the boys had been good, and all of us were huge Star Trek fans.We were excited, we had found the coolest present.
The boys, and their crazy parents, had been collecting the action figures and even had an Enterprise. This year the boys had asked Santa for phasers and tricorders, and I was pretty sure Santa was gonna come through. Like I said, we had saved some extra cash so we splurged on a transporter. It was the cool present.
Hello people. It made the cool transporter swoosh sound, the lights flashed and with the flick of magic, your action figure transported. Whoo hoo! I loved it and could not wait to play with it.. I mean have the kids play with it. This was gonna be cool. Apparently. someone, somewhere, forgot to tell the kiddos that it was a toy!
Well it was cool, for about an hour. Then they figured out it was not real and could not 'really' transport things. The little.. devils.. tested it out and figured out it was just a mirror with light and sound and it did not transport anything, anywhere. They said Dad, this toy is stupid and fake. I knew how it worked, but how in the world did a five and six year old figure it out? They got an hour of play and that was it.
Well then, not to be outdone by the children, I showed them how to transport Captain Picard and they laughed at me. Oh Dad, your silly, he doesn't go anywhere. I had to ask, I just had to ask. My two small boys sat there and showed me just how it was fake and how they could not transport their hand or anything else, it was not real. They had figured it out.
I'll admit, I was impressed with their ability to figure it out. i was sad too. Oh not because we had spent so much on a toy that the cool factor lasted only an hour, but because my little boys did not seem so little anymore. i just never wanted them to lose their sense of wonder, and that day, they did, just a little bit.
The good thing is, that even after all of these years, they still retain a bit of wonder at things, and to me, that is important. That is something you should never lose. In fact, I think you should cultivate that, it is a spice that makes life fun.When you wander, it is important to wonder.