I'm confused are you suggesting that people with family members a few years younger need to grow up? would you say that to someone who was really close with a younger sibling or a cousin? am I misunderstanding what you mean? hope this doesn't come across as snarky I just fell like this is a strange conclusion to come too. I'm not a joshaya fan I totally agree with you that dating would be wrong but being close and friends with your family? maybe I need context of the epside
Being close to one’s younger family members is not an issue at all! My uncle is four years older than me and we are pretty dang close. But he wasn’t trying to join my group of friends when I was a high school freshman and he was 18/a freshman in college. If he had been, I’m pretty sure my Grandaddy would’ve told him to go find a gang his own age and stop hanging out with children (or having unofficial romantic relationships with them, had something like that happened). I mean yeah, my uncle hung out with us and drove us places sometimes and that was cool, but he wasn’t like, “I’m gonna straight up join your friend group, niece!” which is kiiiinda what Josh tries to do in IDF.
Anyway, my thoughts on this aren’t out of the blue. They’re based on SL, Bear, and to a lesser extent IDF. I’m not saying Josh a bad person just because he’s somewhat resisting stepping fully into the next stage of his life. It’s super normal to be in a state of very confused flux at his age/stage of life. He’s not a kid anymore, but he’s also not yet a proper adult. That’s a difficult adjustment period and I absolutely have empathy for the character. I think it’s also pretty likely he was babied and coddled a lot growing up due to the circumstances of his birth. I want Josh to grow up, act his age, and find an age-appropriate group of friends because it will be GOOD FOR HIM and because he NEEDS TO, ya feel me? That’s growth!
I just hope the show gets the chance. ☺️
(Like yeah, Eric was buddies with Cory and the gang eventually…but not until they were all much older and essentially in the same stage of life. And even then there was kind of a slight separation between C/S/T/A and E/J/R, ya know?(