What are they teaching kids these days?
A conversation from work:
Boy, maybe nine years old, brings the Transformers game to the counter to purchase.
“Who’s your favorite Transformer?” I ask.
His brow furrows in deep thought. “Optimus Prime,” he says at last.
I nod. “I liked Optimus Prime a lot when I was your age, too.”
“He’s not your favorite now?”
“Rodimus Prime, I think.” I pause, take a breath. “He was born to lead the Autobots, didn’t want the responsibility, but everytime he tried to shirk his duties he discovered that he was just as good a leader as Optimus, if not better. I’d have preferred it if Optimus had stayed dead, if his sacrifice to save the Autobots from Megatron had meant something.”
“Rodimus Prime?” the boy asks.
“The Autobot leader after Optimus Prime’s death. He took on the Autobat Matrix of Leadership and defeated Galvatron and Unicron.”
From the expression on his face, it was clear that I might as well have been speaking gibberish.