According to the original conception, the family is neither a naturalistic nor a sentimental unity, but an essentially heroic unity. It is known that the ancient denomination of pater derives from a term which designated the leader, the king. The unity of the family already for this reason appeared therefore as that of a group of beings joined in virile manner around a lord, who to their eyes appeared invested with a brute power, but also with a majestic dignity, such as to arouse veneration and fidelity.
My pater was out in the car park. Our bearer of the sacred family flame had eaten too much and was intent on upsetting those diners in window seats. It had been one of those family occasions that everyone would rather forget. Whilst most grandmothers might show some interest in their grandchildren, my own dear mater needed to recount her misadventures with the Sky remote for what seemed an hour. She may have been given a new television for free but that doesn’t mean she can be grateful.
I wonder how many gamers become gamers because their families are, well, how do I put it, a bit of a let down? When the head of the household can’t move off the sofa , you may well think that an alternate universe is preferable! The wonderful thing about such a role model is that the “other world” has to be better than the real. As my father finished his visit to the vomitarium it was time to leave. with the bill paid by yours truly, another birthday was over.
God I’m glad I have a hobby! The younger generation may call it their “ safe space” but, it’s more than that. You may see wargamers as emotionally stunted but if tonight’s festivities are what can be expected when families meet, I think I’ll stay in my own heroic unity thank you very much!
Please feel free to attach your own happy family memories that led you to being a hobby nut below!