Gamer kids are AWESOME

Yesterday felt like Friday, which was great, but today feels like Monday, which is just bizarre. Also, I dislike April fools day, which is probably why I do things like announce that I’m pregnant on April fools day, only I really was pregnant (The proof is Oliver). Looking at pictures of him from one year ago today brings home how much he’s grown! He’s not a baby anymore!

Last night’s dinner was a lot of fun, I love my friends. I think back to growing up and realize that my parents had NOTHING like the group of friends that I have now, as a parent. Having this immense social network of caring people is such a blessing.

Speaking of growing up, there is a meme going around facebook, one of those “repost this” type things that made me think about my childhood. (For the record, I decided after being on Facebook for about 2 months that I was not going to repost those, no matter how silly, cute, serious, amazing, or funny). I was raised in a household that liked gaming. We had an Atari in the house before I was born. We had a DOS based computer in the house when I was little, I don’t know when we got it, but I know I was playing on it from a young age. I spent hours playing Below the Root, even though I never understood the game. And other games, too, like Frogger and Monopoly, River Raid and Pitfall. My little brother could type the words to bring up games before he could even spell or read.

When a new game system came out, my little brother and I would do whatever it took to get the new system. We worked for hours to buy our Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and whatever else came out. I remember spending even more time playing some of the Final Fantasy games on the SNES. I grew up gamer.

I didn’t start really playing RPGs or Board games (other than the usual suspects like Life, Checkers, Monopoly, Battleship, Connect Four) until College, but I embraced that style of gaming as well.

And I married a gamer. So why is it that people are surprised or annoyed when it becomes apparent my four year old loves gaming as much as my husband and I do? We went to a birthday party for one of Landon’s classmates, and when it came up in conversation that Landon has a DS, the other parents seemed annoyed. Apparently Landon had talked to his friends about the games, and now they all wanted on too. The old, “But Landon has a DS” must be wearing thin.

Landon plays on my iPod, on our DS, on our Wii and our Xbox. Landon asks me every night if we can play Mario tonight. I love sitting down with him to play for a half hour after Oliver is in bed. And we are done playing, we read Landon a couple of books and put him to bed. Landon still runs and plays, still loves to be read to, enjoys talking and playing with friends. He’s smart, and he enjoys video games, just like his parents. I think it’s awesome.

Also, I got a graphic novel version of The Wind in the Willows, and Landon and I are reading it right now. He really seems to be enjoying it, even though the language is above his normal level. I’m not sure what we’ll be reading next, but this is awesome.

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