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Ren Faire ComiCon Child

December 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  6 Comments

I don’t begrudge my son for wanting to dress up like a knight and swordfight all day. He’s three, school is out, and frankly, hitting me with a sword is probably the only way he can get my attention as I try to work AND babysit all day.

But combining his Ren Faire proclivities with Star Wars, well that’s a little much. Because every time he says he’s a valiant knight while wearing his furry Yoda slippers and wielding a light saber, the boy gets one step closer to being at the nexus of two cultures I have not chosen for myself and would love to not choose for him. Think I’m overreacting? Contemplate the fact that the jedis and siths just held an amateur flash mob in Times Square earlier this week, adults getting dressed up and pointing fake light sabers at each other. This is no phantom menace. I want my boy to get laid at least sometime in his life.

I am going to try to handle this quietly, the way I do when my daughter inadvertently drops an f-bomb. Don’t want to make a big deal. Tension and anxiety is like a flame to those moths. I have a feeling that every committed Renaissance Faire goer had a parent who spoke out too harshly, who strictly forbad tights and paisley vests, and thereby seared the desire to go to Oregon every September (“Teaching History Through Faire Play”) in their small minds. A fine outcome, forsooth!


  1. Raúl says:

    December 23rd, 2011at 2:37 pm(#)

    I have to say that Freeze Mob video was awesome.

    I guess we all worry of similar situations!

  2. Nathan says:

    December 23rd, 2011at 2:58 pm(#)

    My favorite part of the video was where the guy told his coworkers not to cuss because he was filming it for his kids…

  3. Perpetual Breadcrumbs says:

    December 23rd, 2011at 3:11 pm(#)

    But do they not have sex amongst themselves? That’s what I can never figure about the “geeks can’t get laid” problem.

  4. erlking says:

    December 23rd, 2011at 4:07 pm(#)

    Once he learns about the Society for Creative Anachronism, he’ll be golden. Many a lovely (and willing) lass (or lad) will give him a tumble.

    I assure you.

  5. Nathan says:

    December 23rd, 2011at 4:10 pm(#)

    I’m sure the would, but isn’t there a gender, um, parity issue? Not including the adult actresses who are paid to dress up like Sailor Moon for ComiCon, these things are usually kind of a sausage fest. Which may be his kind of sex, come to think of it, but that won’t be clear for some time now…

  6. Nathan says:

    December 23rd, 2011at 4:12 pm(#)

    Very well. I’ll tuck that recommendation away at least until his balls drop (that’s the medical term, I believe).

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