One of my favorite movies growing up was that of Silence of the Lambs. I am not too sure what they says about me. However, It’s what made me want to become a psychologist. My mom told me, though, I was meant to be a psychologist whether I had watched that film or not. Because it is one of my favorite movies, I often quote it. At work, baseball games, the bathroom, at the dinner table, you name it. It’s so insightful how could you not? With that said, there are bits of situations and conversations here and there that also remind me of the movie. Sometimes in very odd ways.
This morning my son was playing on his XBox with online friends. It is such a different world from when I was growing up. It would have been so cool to play online with “friends” across the country. I know many people hate these changes in children’s play, but I believe there are good things to them. I believe their brains are being wired to connect with people in new and fascinating ways. And, we just don’t know yet how this will play out decades from now. But one good thing is that interconnection on a global scale. My son knows people from throughout the US and world and they each talk about their local areas exchanging information and insights. Couple that with our constant travels, I do hope that my son understands that the world is quite diverse and never becomes insular in his thinking. But I digress.
As he was playing, I was walking back and forth and up and down getting ready for the day. As I headed into the kitchen, I heard him say something that gave me pause. He noted that he had been concerned that he didn’t have enough skins but he was ok now. I thought that was such an odd statement to make. I immediately went to my childhood and thought of the movie Silence of the Lambs. I specifically think of the character of Buffalo Bill when he notes “It puts the lotion in the basket“. That is one of my favorite lines from the movie that I quote quite often. I know. It’s weird. But there have been times where it has actually been appropriate to quote it in a team meeting. I kid you not. As I think of the quote I start to laugh and go back to see what my son was referring to. Ah yes! He was referring to outfits (or is it costumes) in Fortnite. All quite innocent. However, isn’t it a bit creepy that they refer to costumes as skins? I suppose it is interesting that my son and I will both have our skin references in old age. Some things change. Some things stay the same.