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I’m not exactly sure whether she was more concerned about me holding up through the overnight shift or the fact I let her pick what we listen to on car rides. but either way, she showed some concern about me, which is appreciated. And she has the capacity, at 6 years old, to think in terms of retirement and long-term planning.
Very impressive, indeed.
That is a microcosm of the chasm that is the mindset of my two babies. Both are thinking about the future, mind you.
But their takes are just a tad different, at least in terms of their perspective on crime-fighting.
Their closeness in age can’t help make me wonder whether their differing thought processes are due, at least in part, to gender rather than age. I can’t speak much to being a young girl — except maybe for those instances during which my sister made me play dress-up. But when I was around Rigby’s age, I can remember wanting to be He-Man ... only I put no more thought into the concept than to get a stick out of the back yard to use as my sword to summon the power of Grayskull.
I certainly did not put much thought into my parents’ well-being. Which is why, now that I think about it 30 years later, my dad was always so annoyed when we woke him up for a ride after we slept too late for the school bus. (Hey, not our fault he worked until the middle of the night and was going on a couple hours’ sleep.) So that’s what makes thoughts such as Penny’s so impressive to me.
But I also can appreciate the innocence and sincerity of ideas like Rigby’s. The Rigger Man really, truly wants to become Batman. I know he can’t. But he doesn’t. So, as long as it’s not hurting anyone, I can simply let him train (it’s encouraging him to eat right, so it’s actually helping in ways he doesn’t even realize) and figure out at his own pace what can happen and what can’t.