Yesterday Dear Sir and I allowed the boys to get a Game Cube and some games. They had been saving their money for maybe six months to a year now, and thankfully they were able to put their money together and because of the Wii, Game Cubes are cheap so they got one early. My Oldest is so happy he could scream. Eraser Eater is pretty cool with it. Dear Sir, after getting the kids in bed, sat down and played until I fell asleep on the couch.
"You guys are so lucky," Dear Sir would say. "When I was a kid, my parents wouldn't even let me get an Atari. I had to go and play at the drug store or go to my friends house."
When I was growing up we had the Nintendo right when it first came out. The only game I got decent at was Tetris. Other than that, I remember watching my brothers play and beat game after game. Now those games, like Zelda, Mario Brothers, and Castlevania are called "classics".
But you guys all know that. I am dating myself. I know, I am young. Don't use it against me.
Personally I think Wii game systems are dumb. I saw a kid playing one at the game store and he looked retarded. Sorry, fans of the Wii. It just plain looks ridiculous. I understand wanting to get up and do something instead of sitting there and moving your hands, but gee whiz, take a run outside or something. It just looks moronic. Jared is going to have my head.
I took the girl and the neighbor girl to swim lessons this morning and a middle aged woman next to me beside the pool started to ask me questions. She asked if my Girl was in the school down the street. I told her no, that I homeschool.
"Oh," she said, but she did not look at all pleased by this. She seemed nice enough, but sometimes people try to overly act like they agree with it and all that when they really do not.
She said, "So do you find it hard to stick to a curriculum?"
Now, can I ask this: what kind of ignorant, preposterous, and condescending question is that?
Like nothing I do is thought out, like I obviously have no goal.
I looked at the woman and shook my head like it didn't bother me and said, "Nah. You just buy the stuff online and use it. I have found that I have been more intense than I ever needed to be and I have had to learn to back off quite a bit."
Then by the next set of questions and my next set of answers, I could see by the look of her face that she felt stupid because she now saw that I was highly qualified to do my job.
I also went to a wedding in D.C. this weekend (a dear friend was getting married) and I feel so sad because I miss all my friends at Church of the Resurrection. That church is just like home to me. It was wonderful being there but also very painful.
Upon getting the Game Cube Eraser Eater said, "Gee, Dad, I never knew you guys were this nice! I think this is the closest thing to heaven I can get!!"
Now if I can get Dear Sir off that thing when the kids are in bed we will be good. We got rid of satellite TV and now he has another thing to suck up his time. He wanted to get this Clone Wars game but they didn't have it so the salesperson asked if he wanted this one particular Star Wars game or "Rebel Strike". I could tell by the look on his face when he requested "Rebel Strike" that he could have screamed it he was so excited. For a moment he looked like was ten.
It was all I could do to prevent myself from openly rolling my eyes.
This morning when the neighbor girl was dropped off the neighbor said as she looked me up and down: "Well you look wonderful!" And I could tell she meant it.
I was wearing gray jogging pants and a black concert t-shirt. Pretty casual.