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We Are All Children At Heart

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us. ~Gaston Bachelard

In a way, we are all children at heart. I’ve actually always felt that way and I’ve lived my life under that principle. But what really amuses me is when a child shows such excitement they almost act like adults… or do the adults act like children?

Kyle has been talking about the new Pokemon Black coming out. He was checking online to see if it had been released in stores, checking out the new Pokemon characters, and I even caught him watching the Pokemon videos on their website. What was truly funny about the later was the fact that the videos were in Japanese, with sub-titles and voice-overs. I asked him what he was doing and he replied, “I am so excited, Aunt Heather, Pokemon Black is to be released March…” (I forget the date). He said, “It’s in Japan.” What he meant to saywas,  It’s in Japanese.” He went on all weekend talking about this new game with all new Pokemon characters. Out of nowhere Kyle would say, “ Do you think the game is already translated?” He even thought about the translation of the game. He would ask me “How long do you think it takes to translate the game?” and “How long do you think it took them to think of the new Pokemon characters?” O my little man, always thinking of the details. He even asked me, “Do you think the stores already have the game?” I did say, “Probably, they are just waiting to release it.” He said, “What? Why would they do that? I can’t take it anymore!” I laughed and said, “That’s marketing buddy. They are trying to build an excitement to get more kids bugging their parents to buy the game. All this makes the game more desirable. That’s what I do for a living.” He said, “That’s not right.” He cracks me up!

Throughout the weekend I caught him checking the website again and again to see if anything had changed. He would sit there watching his videos in Japanese. I told him, “I guess your going to have to learn Japanese.” And he told me, “No, Aunt Heather, they always translate it for me, plus I know the Japan alphabet.” I said, “The Japanese language doesn’t have an alphabet like the English language.” All inquisitive, he asked “What do they have?” I explained that their words are symbolist pictures. He was truly interested and we started to talk about other languages. I asked him what language he wanted to learn and he said he already knows Spanish. LOL, acutally that is partially true. When he was 2ish I heard him sing some song in Spanish. He was sitting in the backseat of my car. I asked him, “What are you singing?” He said, “I’m not sure.” I asked, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish?” He said, “Dora.” Of course… Well, I digress, I told him, if he ever wanted to learn to speak a different language, I would go to class with him and learn another too. It definitely started to get him thinking. And of course I meant it, I used to know French and a little Korean, but now-a-days… noth’in.

Watching Kyle get really excited over the release of the game made me think of other adults and their excitement….The Twilight craze with each book and later with each movie, Star Wars with the release of the first three episodes and the re-release of the last three digitally enhanced episodes, Sex and the City the Movie, and the hype over Harry Potter, and the list goes on and on.

So I guess Kyle is a normal young adult with an interest. I’m happy that he really likes Pokemon and he is part of a craze. It seems to make it more fun when your friends share in the excitement. He will soon find out, years later, it’s even more fun when you reminisce on the good old days… ahhh Wonder Woman…Hello Kitty…Barbie. Especially when they become retro…G.I. Joe… Transformers.

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