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Tenzin Flashback by blindbandit5 Tenzin Flashback by blindbandit5

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Watching the Korra premiere made me really emotional about Aang. And I thought about how he must have taken Tenzin around the world, just like Tenzin wanted to take Korra, and shown him all the Air Temples. And I thought about how special that must have been for the both of them. Because Tenzin’s always picked on by his older siblings, but now he gets to spend all this time with his dad, the coolest dad in the world, and he gets to see all this history and bond with his dad more than his other siblings probably ever got to.

I can’t think of a single person in the world who would have been more psyched to be a dad than Aang, someone who didn’t get to grow up with his own parents. And I bet he was a great dad. And while he loved all his children beyond belief, I bet he had a special connection to Tenzin. Because Tenzin was the only airbender he got to meet since he was unfrozen. The only one. And he got to teach his youngest son not only airbending, but Air Nomad culture and tradition and I bet they baked fruit pies together just like he used to with Monk Gyatso and I bet they played air ball and raced on air scooters and flew on gliders and I can’t imagine how close they must have been.

And now Tenzin wants that with Korra, to teach her everything that Aang taught him on that journey together. Not just because he loves Korra as his own, but because he wants to feel that connection to the dad he must miss desperately. And maybe he feels like he owes Aang for the vital wisdom he passed on and maybe he feels like he can pay him back by passing it on to his reincarnation.

I just hope Korra gives him that chance.
sorry for the rant enjoy the painting (old aang and young tenzin wooh)

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Characters (c) Bryke
Art (c) Me
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Goes to show that even though Aang wasn't a perfect dad (then again, which parent is perfect?), he did his best.
KyraLynMoss Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly how I imagine them back then! :)
QueenBeastie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I like your rant. And your painting!
mumblealice17 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think they should do a short about Aang and his family ~ I had just finished the last airbender and watching the legend of korra was a bit of a shock because Aang wasn't alive in it :3 but the legend of korra is a great series though nothing can beat Aang's randomness and Sokka's hilarious moments XD
PaintedPenguinLady Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist
I think Aang was a great dad. This is adorable!
minime41191 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
skjfdljslfj this is so adorable and I agree with your headcanon so much. I got sad when people said canon makes Aang sound like a bad father and that's not the point at all: he had a special connection with Tenzin that he didn't have with his other children, but that doesn't mean he loves them any less.
GreenyOnly Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You reall are gonna make me crash down in tears. Happy now? QnQ 
I have, like you, been very emotional when it comes to Tenzin. I hope everything works out between him and Korra because I believe they still need eachother. ;u; Ah, well I'm going to cry myself to sleep now 
UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Tenzin might get that chance since Korra's dad's arrest. But now it's bittersweet because she'll draw nearer to him because she's hurting, not because she made the choice with a clear head.
tyler9862 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yeah!
Dacyon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
"And while he loved all his children beyond belief, I bet he had a special connection to Tenzin."  Thank you for that.  It's been so annoying seeing people stating how Aang favored Tenzin (that's completely OOC for your own character, Bryke) whereas he most likely just shared a special bond because they were both Airbenders.  And it's obvious that Aang bonded with Bumi (who gained his father's rambunctious attitude) and Kya (who took after Aang's nomadic ways), but unless Aang's personality did a 180 between AtLA and LoK, I can't see him (or Katara letting him) being the kind of father who was unaware of his children's feelings.  The Aang we knew from AtLA would have loved all of his children equally, but would have also shared a special bond with each of them.  Sorry about the rant.

As for this wonderful piece of art - I think it's absolutely beautiful! 
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