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There's nothing goofy about the bond between Max and his dad!

It’s all about symmetry and synergy with the original father-son duo, Max and Goofy! Image credit: Disney Movies

Did you know that there’s only one universal date for Mother’s Day, but TWO for Father’s Day? While America and the rest of the world celebrated Father’s Day in June, Australia is celebrating it this September weekend! And what better time to revisit an old favorite with your dad? Yes, I’m talking about The Goofy Movie! This timeless classic is a fun-loving story about Max and Goofy on an adventure towards discovering love, life, and family, all backed by one of the best (IMHO) soundtracks ever. If you haven’t watched it, it’s time to grab your dad and make it happen!

Grab some popcorn and gather the family for a reel-ly good time!

Trust Goofy’s to show Max how to have a reel-y good time at fishing!

Dads make embarrassing jokes, fart when you least expect it, and can’t find their own socks to save their lives. Like Max, you may probably think you’re nothing like your dad. You’re way cooler, you actually know how to make people laugh, AND you dress like you came out of an H&M catalogue. However, like Max, you’ll probably realise sooner rather than later that you’re quite alike, and that’s alright. The symmetry between a father and child relationship is a unique one, one that shapes as well as changes you as a person. Hence, this natural symmetry should be embraced, embarrassing traits and all.

So what is symmetry? The word “symmetry” is a 16th-century Latin derivative from the Greek words for “together” (syn-) and “measure” (metro). In general, symmetry refers to a sense of balance, a proportioned harmony. Such natural instances would be the shape of our faces, or the wings on a butterfly. In mathematics, symmetry defines an object that is transformed to be exactly like another through translation, reflection, rotation, or glide reflection . They must be the same size and shape, with one object having a different orientation than the other.


The chart above shows the 4 basic types of symmetry mentioned in action. While each type of symmetry is different, they are all still the same size and shape after their individual transformations. Not all objects have symmetry. If an object is not symmetrical, it is called asymmetric.

Find the symmetry between your dad and you, and learn to let it grow.

Embrace the symmetry between you and your dad, and watch it grow into a bond unlike no other.

Inherited traits are passed through the genes of parents to their children. The similarities between you and your dad will be more evident as you grow older. It could be a shared interest in football, a habit of hiccuping, a distaste in pop culture, or a keen eye for mathematics. It could be the same lopsided smile, the same dimples, or even the same two left feet. Yes, even bad dance moves can be inherited.

So while you may not think that you and your dad are much alike, one day you’ll find yourself reciting that embarrassing dad joke with as much pride and guffaws as your dad ever did. And “dad” will be pretty sweet.



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