I think that most of us can agree that terms like “nerd” and “geek” are received in a much more positive light these days than they were just a decade ago. Maybe that’s because we have whole generations growing up in a world where things like Star Wars, Iron Man, and Harry Potter are mainstream fixtures that everybody loves. Maybe it’s the Internet or Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (you gotta watch this, too). Who knows?
I only know that I am all for it, and I am proud to be a parent in a time when nerds and geeks are a positive thing rather than a stereotype and reason for ridicule.
My wife and I both grew up with nerd-leaning tendencies, and we are paying it forward—our boys are getting a heavy dose of nerd-friendly culture from Doctor Who to Tolkien and all the stops between. We’re covering nature and nurture just to be safe.
On April 27, 2013 a mother attending the Calgary Comic Expo asked self-proclaimed professional nerd Wil Wheaton if he would give a message to her daughter about “why it is awesome to be a nerd,” and he did:
Fantastic, right? Share this with a nerd you love—especially if you are raising them.
While I appreciate you viewing this video here, please take a moment to click through to the YouTube page of the woman that filmed it and say something awesome to her, like thank you.
Photo: Whit Honea
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