I spent the weekend in rural Wisconsin with my parents. I am constantly grateful that I was raised with parents who could also be considered fanboys (or girls). They were avid Star Trek fans long before I knew what a Trekkie was. My father had read Lord of the Rings and all the Dune books several times. My mother was the one who showed me Star Wars as a child and encouraged me to read and write sci-fi and fantasy. In fact, my mother save almost all of my old 80s toys and books, including He-Man, She-Ra, Jem, and Visionaries toys.
I can’t imagine what I would have been like without those kinds of parents. Probably not nearly as secure in my fanboy status, for sure. It’s bad enough that other people my age, co-workers, even friends can’t see why I love watching Buffy or actively seek out old Hercules films. I’ve never had to explain any of that to Mom and Dad. In fact, I’ve introduced them to Firefly and Kill Bill.
It made me think about my favorite fanboy parents: Gomez and Morticia Addams. Totally devoted to each other and to their family, willing to do anything to keep the family together and happy, always ready to support and encourage their children in any strange or bizarre endeavor they may embark on. If only all parents were so understanding.