Took my teen age daughter to see American Sniper this afternoon. Hesitated strongly about doing that as the movie is rated R and she is 15. We talked about the violence and language while I was deciding. She really wanted to go and I was unable to counter her argument, "Dad, I ride a public school bus, there will be nothing in that movie I don't hear every morning riding to school." Dang, she is learning the strategies of debate. I couldn't top that. She very much liked that movie and talking about it in the car coming home, we got talking about sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. She asked which I thought she was. I said I wasn't sure yet (she isn't ready yet to be a sheep dog and the dog in me was to not give premature confidence she was). But, her body language indicated she didn't like that answer one bit. Back pedalling, I added that she was not old enough to fall into a category but watching how she helped with the little kids at church, I added that she certainly has the makings of a sheep dog. Her demeanor changed instanty to a more proud one and pleased I saw her that way. It is easy to think that our future is near hopeless with the couch potato, video device centric, me first generation. But then some of them surprise you exposing some of their inner values that are honorable and hopeful. So while I enjoyed the movie, it didn't come close to my pleasure afterwards. A proud dad.