Digital Tin Cups and Parenthood

As I’ve mentioned at the end of this week’s episode of Walker’s Talkers, I now have a Patreon page/campaign. Which means that if you like my work and want to help me support it, you can now give a monthly pledge. I’m already offering some neat rewards and will be offering more in the future (wink). So if you like what I do, and want to see it get better, please consider donating to my campaign, which you can visit by clicking HERE. My hope is to offset the costs of my equipment and software. My 2008 iMac will eventually give up the ghost and I want to mitigate that as much as possible. And please, please, please share the page with as many people as you can, I’m not even kidding.

The other big thing I mentioned (bigger than the digital tin cup I rattled at the end of the video) is the fact that I will soon be one half of a parenting duo, which is to say that my wife is pregnant and I’m going to be a father. I’m less freaked out now than I was when Denise handed me the test, but I still have these weird out of body experiences now and again. I’m fairly certain I can put up with diaper changes and all night endurance tests, although this will take some getting used to. What I’m mainly concerned with is raising an intelligent, compassionate, strong and capable human being. I think about things like telling him or her that it’s okay to be different, and maybe showing them my X-Men comics from the 90s to illustrate the point. I think about reacquainting myself with math and science so that he/she can be better at it than I was. I think about how I want him/her to attend public school, but I will supplement their education at home. It also helps that I have a teaching degree and am not hampered with a misplaced disdain for public educators and education in general. And when my son or daughter leaves the home, I know that they will have trials ahead, but hopefully we will have armored them with the tools they need to navigate an ever changing world. I think that’s what every parent wants. I will be one of two Master Jedi to this as yet unborn creature, teaching him or her the ways of our world. It’s a large responsibility and whether I’m ready for it or not, here it comes.

Take care,

-Rob