I've been sitting back digesting the many thoughtful responses to my earlier
post about my daughter's first race. I've saved every one.
Veronica has been exposed to fairly interesting cars throughout her five
years (she did a 25 mph lap of Laguna Seca in my Speedster at age 2 1/2).
I've tried not to impress upon her that cars need to be a part of her life,
just mine. My wife and I have been separated for a year now, and I'm
noticing that Veronica is identifying other vehicles, playing with my
diecast models (especially the expensive ones), and asking more and more
questions. I haven't encouraged this awareness of cars, just played along.
And I've also struggled with whether she's just showing this interest to
stay close to me, a concern she shouldn't have regardless of her interests.
The big question I have to answer for myself as I go on is: will I be
exposing her to this stuff for my benefit or am I just fulfilling her
interest and providing her with a good day. My wife has already given me
the "she's not your little buddy" lecture.
Sorry for the personal aspects here. In my original post I wanted to
acknowledge the drivers that made our day special. I also wanted to learn
that I'm not alone in wanting to share my hobby with my daughter. Your
personal experiences have certainly made these questions easier to answer.
Thanks very much,
Future Devin racer
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