We are a pro-wrestling family. I will allow you to take a few moments for your judgments and disgust….
Are you done? Nope?! Okay, a few more moments….
There is something about pro-wrestling that I still love even as a grown adult. The fight between good and evil. The resilience of the undergod to finally succeed. The battle for the championship.
The story of an individual could last months or even decades, and as a spectator, you just enjoy the journey.
This past week, WWE reunited the fan favorite faction that broke up a few years ago, The Shield. This particular group holds a great deal of history with my family.
When the team was at its highest peak, my oldest son started getting into pro-wrestling. He would go hours into talking about whose his favorite wrestler. And it would change in minutes to another person. But one day, in all earnest, he told me his favorite wrestler was no other than Seth Rollins (one of the members of the Shield). We watched all their matches with such excitement that his favorite wrestler Seth Rollins and his friends were raising the ranks.
Then the unspeakable happened, Seth Rollins turned heel (a bad guy)
He was devastated, and he cried and cried. He ran upstairs into his room and balled his eyes out for a long time. Eventually, he came out of his room, holding in his hands a picture of his friends. And said, “Wrestling isn’t real, friends are real.” I would have laughed so loud, but my beautiful bride was standing behind giving me a look that said: “take him seriously.” So I hugged him and said “You are right.”
Fast forward today, during the reuniting of the Shield, even though my son played it cool, I could see the side of his face, and it had that smile of relief that his favorite wrestler was reunited again with his friends. It was an exceptional moment, and it was cool to share those moments with my son even if it was with pro-wrestling.
Encouragement to all parents, find those things that you can share with your kids, because you never know when one of those special moments show up.