We see Aang willing to accept a total change of a sacred, traditional Air Nation celebration to make it more appealing and more modern for everyone. For the Acolytes, who can’t bend, for the towns people, who don’t consider themselves Air Nation. And for Sokka, who loves eating meat–something that goes against the Air Nomads’ strict vegetarianism.
He was willing to change his ways and his culture to fit just friends and a bunch of strangers.
Now, if you think for .01 second that he wouldn’t be willing to do this for his children, or that he was disappointed if his children were not Air Benders or vegetarians or if they did not fully accept every little Air Nation religion/tradition then you. don’t. know. Aang.
Bumi didn’t live up to the Air Nomad culture of violence-free, peace advocacy by joining the Army, but he kind of did, by joining with the purpose of protecting the world and upholding the laws and values his parents dedicated their lives to creating.
No, Kya did not accept the Air Nation as her own nor took any apparent interest in their culture, but she kind of did, by embracing her nomadic heart and a clear attraction to the spiritual side of life.
And Tenzin. Dear Tenzin, who tried so hard to continue to Air Nation, but lived by the Water Tribe values of family and love.
His children may not have been what he expected, but if you think for one second Aang didn’t love and wasn’t proud of each one of them, you're wrong.
I got this idea a few weeks ago because this is one of my favourite moments, especially since I’d never noticed that Aang had tears in his eyes when he ran to hug Bumi until I saw a post about Aang crying (I believe the gifset was made by @avatarparallels?).
And when I rewatched “Sokka’s Master” on the 26th of November, I realized that most of the Gaang members formed some sort of a special bond with each of the Old Masters (who also happened to be great friends and members of the Order of the White Lotus). So I decided to make this a series, starting with Aang and Bumi, their most important trait being friendship.
Drawing Bumi (and his throne room) turned out to be really fun! Though his colours were giving me a headache since they were really bright due to the lighting in there. I toned them down a little. And Aang is a precious cupcake, okay? Okay.. Or wait, was he a cinnamon roll?
@avatarwindboy - Also.. Natalie, I saw that you’ve been feeling a bit down lately.. and I know how much you love seeing Aang and Bumi together. So I wanted to dedicate this piece to you, too. You’re my favourite Aang roleplay blog, you write amazing fanfiction, draw cool (animated) pictures and you deserve all the love you get. *sends hugs*
I will never forgive Aang for having more kids because Bumi wasn’t a bender. I will never forgive him for ignoring Kya simply because she takes after Katara more than she does him. I will never forgive him for putting unnecessary pressure on Tenzin because his personality does not follow most of the old airbenders.
I will never forgive Aang for mistreating his children.