The Hero’s Journey from a seven-year-old’s perspective

Part 4: does the Hero understand his quest?

Seven-Year-Old (reading homework): “‘This week you have to write four things you would like for Christmas. You must write and draw them from first to fourth in order of how much you want them.’ Okay, that’s easy. First, a real light sabre. Second, the Force of the Jedi. Third is a Wii. Fourth is my own iPod.”

Mr JB: “Are you sure?”

Seven Year Old [pausing, dejected]: “I know I can’t really have the Force.”

My son, the pragmatist – and not a realist either, because he sure as hell ain’t getting a Wii or an iPod. That only leaves the real light sabre. But one disappointment at at time, poor kid.

“C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s … Christmas!”

What’s different this year to last year?

Hide the lists.
Hide the dockets.
Hide the order forms.
Hide the toy catalogues.
Hide the instruction booklets.

When literacy comes to town, nothing is safe at Christmas time because now the Seven Year Old can READ! Really read. Inquisitively, incessantly and intensely.

Suddenly, the management of presents has reached a new level, and things will never be the same again.

And that’s okay with me.

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