Personality dysfunction aside, Sheldon Cooper, one of the main characters of the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” is the ideal adult child. While he may appear to have Asperger’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, he is in fact a fictitious character and so here I pick and choose the traits that I find admirable and desirable when imagining my older son, who at age 6 already exhibits some of the geeky, nerdy tendencies I’ve seen in Cooper, as an adult:
1. He lives in Pasadena. In the show his mother lives in East Texas, but I’m talking about real life here, people. I live in Agoura Hills. If my son grows up and moves to Pasadena, that is just fine with me. It’s far enough away that he’s not coming home to drink milk out of the carton or do his laundry at my house, but close enough that we can see each other often.
2. He loves his mother. Although he often quotes his mother’s backwoods fundamentalist Christian idioms, Cooper clearly loves his mother. I’ll take all the adoration and none of the dysfunction, please.
3. He is an accomplished professional scientist. “I’m Dr. Sheldon Cooper, BS, MS, MA, PhD and ScD. OMG, right?”
4. He doesn’t date often, if ever, and when he does, it’s sort of weird yet oddly charming. Not much competition for his mother’s affection.
5. He is predictable. Cooper and his friends follow a weekly routine. Pizza night. Vintage Comic Books Night. Laundry Day. You know what he’s doing at any given time without having to call and look like you’re needy or nagging. That’s comforting.
6. He doesn’t drive. Cooper only has his learner’s permit, and rarely drives a car. That’s just safer. If I had my choice my kids would be in a carseat and wrapped in bubble wrap until they’re 35.
7. He has fashion sense. Cooper’s daily wardrobe consists of a geek-logo’d T-shirt over a long-sleeved T-shirt. I’ve seen the Table of Elements, the Green Lantern logo, a Rubik’s Cube, Superman’s insignia, a mock of the evolution graphic with robots instead of apes and men, and even Reddit’s logo. When he dresses up, Cooper wears snazzy plaid or checked 2-piece suits.
8. He taught me the best lullaby ever. “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur…” It puts my kids to sleep like a Vulcan neck grip knocks a bad guy out. And for that I am just grateful.
Photo courtesy of CBS.
Kim Tracy Prince is a writer/editor and mom blogger in Los Angeles. Visit her (please visit her!) at House of Prince.