Father and son relationships have often been strained to say the least. Of course, there is always the unspoken and unbreakable bond between a father and his child, but this does not mean that it is always easy for them to connect with each other, especially in these difficult times. A father and his son can be in the same room, yet everything feels like it is miles apart.
With the world changing at breakneck speed, the gap between generations has never been so apparent. Technology is developing at such rapid rates that most dads can’t even understand a text message from their kid. Young people today are so wrapped up in the latest tech that they think their parents are still using phonographs to play their music.
It’s not that the love isn’t there. It’s just that it is difficult to express and there is no common ground for a father and son to unite on.
However, all is not lost. There is still one form of technology that has united fathers and sons in the past and continues to inspire a connection between a man and his offspring.
Bonding Behind The Steering Wheel
A car can be the vehicle for facilitating the connection between a father and his son. It is something that is nearly intangible, yet manifested in a V8 engine.
There are many special moments to be shared in a vehicle. From the ride home from school to loaning out the car for a son’s first date, a car can be the symbol that provides the connection between a father and son.
Particularly if you own a used Ford Mustang or another model of muscle car, it is easy to look cool in your son’s eyes. They will be excited to wait for you outside of sports practice and will always look forward to a ride with you. The coolness of your car will be something that they can brag about at school and they will always try to get noticed in the front seat of your ride.
Owning a vintage car is also a great way to for a father to connect with his son by passing on invaluable information about mechanics. You don’t need to be an expert to teach a kid a little bit about how to take care of an engine. Checking the oil, changing the tire, and making minor repairs are a great way to connect and share knowledge between the generations.
However, perhaps the most compelling factor for making a connection between a father and his son is the power behind handing over the keys. A son is almost always desperate to drive his father’s car and this can be a great way to earn each other’s mutual respect. You earn his respect by sharing the power and he earns yours when it is returned in one piece.
Although a car is not the ultimate answer for fixing strain between a father and son, it is one way that two people from different times can find a common joy. You can’t force a connection, but you should learn that sometimes its ok to sit in shared silence as the world passes by the windshield.