- 7:45 PM, Tuesday,
June 26th, 2018:
- PARTAYYYYY TIME!!!!!
- I actively try to
avoid influencing my children to like whatever
I liked. That's a strange pet-peeve of mine. And
when I got the Nintendo Switch last summer, part of me
wanted my kids to understand how videogames work, etc.
but part of me knew they'd probably never have the bug
like I did back in the day. I was alive
during the entire evolution. I had pong.
I brought out my NES and showed them
everything leading up to the Switch but I knew,
deep down, it wasn't gonna be the same.
- For Cam? It
worked. I mean - the dude beat Mario Odyssey
before his 4th birthday with ZERO help from me.
If you spend any time with children 5 and under you
know that sentence is insane. He routinely wins
matches on 150cc in Mario Kart - his brain just gets
it. It's spooky.
- He's also
genuinely mario-NUTS. The entire universe, knows all
the characters - makes us all choose our favorites and
while I have some reticence for him just buying
into something soooooooo commercial, I have to admit?
It's interactive. That means something to me. This
isn't Disney, the reason he likes the Mario Universe?
He's lived it. He actively explores it. He
FOUND Toad. Like, the first time he saw Toad was
searching Mario Odyssey and he found him. He's now
excited there's a Toad game coming out next month
because of what HE DID. That's special to me.
- Vienna is
indifferent and until Mario Tennis (which for whatever
reason she's just awesome at) she could care less. And
I'm TOTALLY cool with that and she and I do other
cool stuff. Making an animated cartoon together!!!!
NEXT MONTH!!! But me and Cam? We play videogames
and we have a bond over them. It's wonderful.
I never dreamed he'd be this in tune with it at 4
- So yes, we had a
Mario birthday party and we both dressed up. He
actually wanted a Mario Kart Party so he could show
everyone his moves. (sigh) A couple weeks ago
I showed him competitive gaming. He saw the
stage, all the people watching... now he wants his own
show and wants to be ON that stage to show people
his moves. While all of this is adorable and to be
supported? Not at 4 man. If we handed other 4 year
olds controllers and proceeded to destroy them and get
all agro on them... not a good scene. He is so far
beyond kids his age I need to tamp down his
expectations a bit. I've seen other 4, 5 and 6 year
old play... nothing is really there until 7. So I
don't want to set-up some toddler BEAT DOWN to
stroke his ego. At this point my biggest goal is
training Talya so SHE can beat him and remind him
he's still 4 and to stop talking so much shit.
- Anyway, it was a
great party. Yet again, a new dad saw the Time Machine
and his jaw just kind of dropped which was a beautiful
sight for sure. Friends for life now. LOL. It's
alwways so much prepr for these things and it's over
in 2 hours but we knocked this out.
- So again, happy
birthday man. Cannot believe we're at 4.5. We were at
2.5 like 2 months ago.