Ok, so.  January 16th is Appreciate a Dragon Day.  Usually, I like to talk about a bunch of different dragons and why appreciating dragons is super fun and great.  However, this year I'd like to remind everyone of a very special dragon, this guy right here:

Spyro!

Spyro!

Aw yeah.  Spyro the Dragon.  So here's the thing.  When I was a kid, we didn't really have video games in the house.  My parents didn't even have cable.  They wanted us to "read" and "learn things" and "play outside" and all that other uncivilized nonsense.  Don't get me wrong, in retrospect I really appreciate my upbringing.  But when I was a kid, there was not a lot that thrilled me more than going to a friend or relative's house where they were modern and had video games and/or cable television, so I could experience them.

Look at these adorable nerds.

Look at these adorable nerds.

So one summer we road tripped out to my cousins' house in Maryland or Virginia or some state where they lived, and they had one of the Spyro games.  And it was so so awesome, you guys.  It was like all the things I loved rolled into one heroic, flying, fire-breathing adventure.  I loved it.

Look at this game!  Doesn't it look SO fun?

Look at this game! Doesn't it look SO fun?

For those of you who may not know, the Spyro games featured the above little purple dragon, who ran around with his friend Sparx the Dragonfly saving the world from various problems in the different games.  Childish?  Yes.  But also a lot of fun.  I kind of want to go buy myself one right now, tbh.

So anyway, pick a dragon and appreciate it today!  Dragons rule!

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