As a proud family man, your engineer wants his children to grow up just like him. After all, your engineer just knows that he has an outstanding set of personal values.
And what are those values? Or better yet, which values are worth passing along?
Frankly, none! But that’s YOUR problem, isn’t it!
So how does the doting engineer dad pass along these highly desirable personal values?
Easy! Experiment on our kids! Have them do intelligent things like trying to speed up eating dinner using the drill to eat corn as shown in the picture above.
But why, you ask, would anyone want to improve on the way we eat corn? It’s been working for as long as humans have been around corn! Why fix it now?
And that’s why the world doesn’t understand engineers! If the process could be improved, then we’d all have more time for other activities, like figuring out how to paintball the neighbor’s house without him knowing who was doing it! That would be a great way to get back at him for throwing your engineer out of his house during the last neighborhood party for yet another incredibly stupid observation!
There always has to be priorities! Eating is not one of them to an engineer – it’s just a necessity! (Remember that pleasure is an emotion, and your engineer has little use for those!)
Yes, EVERYTHING is a problem, at least until we get an automated replication machine like in Star Trek – the one that gives Captain Picard exactly what he wants in seconds. Yep! That would be perfect!
And what do you do in the face of this awe inspiring display of paternal diligence? We suggest showing them how other people seem to care about getting along with others, and that they have a great time doing that. Maybe your kids will want to learn anything other than engineering.
Of course, you’ll need help from school friends. Surely you can enlist them to make comments about how different your children’s father acts than everyone else they know! That won’t leave any scars on your children, will it!
OK, maybe it will, but it’s probably less damaging than the corn on the cob experiment. Right?
As always, you should be grateful for your engineer. Every one of your friends worries about how they can motivate their children to educate themselves. You don’t have their problem, now do you?
Finally, be thankful that you didn’t marry an accountant. No matter how bad it might be, your engineer at least has a sense of humor. Smile, and enjoy another day full of wonder.
You are welcome!