A bit of backstory: 1. In his spare time, my father collects minerals/micromounts. He trades specimens with people all over the world, and a couple times a year, he’ll go with friends into abandoned mines, looking for new specimens. A few years ago, Dad discovered a new species of mineral, and the committee who names new specimens decided to name it after him. 2. While visiting family in Georgia, we decided to visit a science museum, which boasts (among other things) a large rock and mineral exhibit.
Me, to my brother: So, on a scale of one to ten, how disappointed do you think Dad would be if someone replaced all the rocks in the museum with pictures of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?
Ian: Mom, four; Dad, ten.
Me: Or what if they just did it on his birthday? Like, the rest of the year it’s rocks, but on his birthday, it’s just pictures of The Rock.
Ian: You know how dad always says when he dies we should sell his minerals to people who’d appreciate them?
Ian: We should make a museum out of his collection.
Me: Dude, we totally should! Tim’s Rock Museum?
Ian: Tim’s “The Rock” Museum!
Me: Ooh, and on Dwayne Johnson’s birthday, the collection is replaced with a thousand different pictures of him.
Me: And in the place of honor in a big glass case, we can have the mineral Dad discovered. Which can be replaced with a painting of The Rock.
By this point, most of the rest of our family had caught up to us, with Dad and Grandma trailing behind a bit.
Me: Hey, Dad! We’re building you a legacy!
Dad: You’re building yourself a legacy?
Me: No, we’re building you a legacy.
Dad looked very, very dubious.
Ian: Yeah, after you die, we’re taking your mineral collection and making a museum out of it. Then, on The Rock’s birthday we’re replacing the collection with pictures of him.
At this point, Ian and I both dissolved into laughter, so we decided it was time to make our exit.
I still don’t know if Dad appreciates our ideas for his legacy or not. Dad’s a pretty humble guy, so maybe the idea of a museum in his honor doesn’t sit well with him. Then again, maybe we would have gotten a better reception if we had gotten Dwayne Johnson to endorse it, first.
I have no idea what I'm doing.