CONvergence is a big convention.
Not SDCC big, sure, but a big convention, nonetheless. Somewhere upwards of five thousand people in a hotel for four days. There is a lot to do and see at CONvergence. A lot. Over the last four years or so, I have been bringing my kids to CVG. Each year, as my kids get older, the conversations we have before the con are a bit different.
This year the new component is How To Be A Good Roommate. The kids are sharing a hotel room with two other kids their age. Four tweeners for three nights. Now, all of these kids have plenty of convention experience. And they all have plenty of hotel experience. But my kids have not stayed in a hotel room without an adult before.
(I am in the adjoining room. I am not completely abandoning them! That might prove rude to the hotel, and We Do Not Harsh The Hotel. We. Do. Not.)
So we went over the gist of how to be a good roommate.
Do you remember when you learned how to sneak into the hotel room at 2:30 a.m., last one in? It’s a skill-set! Some things are not immediately obvious! Or, what happens when you wake up at 6:30 and no-one else does? We talked cleanliness, and politeness, and standards of behavior. (The Room Shall Be Clean Enough That Housekeeping Can Attend To It.) My kids seem to be pretty clear on the expectations.
We shall see how long this lasts. I mean, I don’t know about you, but my own standards falter by day three of a convention.
Other talks we have had in the past, and will have again this week, include:
“How to navigate the convention in a way that means no random adult will wonder where your parents are.”
“What sexual predation looks like, how to get detect and avoid sexual predators, how to get away from them.”
“Yes, we do shower every day, that is not negotiable.”
“No-one else is keeping track of your stuff, if you lose it it’s gone, that includes your money and your phone.”
I’m sure there’s more.
But, hey, we all have to learn this at some point, right?