Monday, July 19, 2010

super mario bros with a 4yr old

This was one of the less respectable moments of my motherhood and honestly, I certainly never expected to be broadcasting it.
You may remember from this post that Carter got a DSi for his 4th birthday from his beloved grandparents and we bought him Super Mario Bros.
We've had the same bedtime routine each night since he was a baby: read a book, sing a song, say a prayer. Sometimes more than one book. One night the book had been taken away for bad behavior. Other than that, it's a given.

This week, the mosquitoes were bad & the sun was very hot, so we did lots of indoor activities.
we went to the library twice. We brought home 2 batches of books each time.
I was flat worn out come bedtime. And I'd been reading through those piles of books for days.
I'd promised him he could play his DSi once his chores were done and here we are at almost 9pm, chores long been done.
"Carter, how about for a special treat tonight i'll lay with you on the bed & we can take turns playing Mario like we do (when one dies or finishes a board-whichever comes first, the other plays, and back & forth)"
He's, of course, already nodding enthusiastically, "YES!"
"One thing though: only one game. When it is over, no questions or whining, we'll sing a song & pray & then goodnight. No book. DSi or book"
(OH MY LORD! I can't believe I just wrote that! What a bad parenting moment!)

I figured this would be over quickly.
Take a look at the photo above if you aren't familiar with the new and improved version of the Super Mario Bros I played in the 90s. (It's a blast!)
Board 1. World 1. Carter's turn 1st.
He's improved. Oh, this could take longer than I thought. Wow! I didn't even know how to do that. Oh, look Mario is gigantic and smashing his way through the board. He's at the brick stairs that lead to the flag. My turn. This is going to be faster and more fun than I thought.

Then he said "Oh, I'm at the end. I need to go back. I missed stuff."

I'm silent & shocked. What?! You're at the end. That's the point. Get through a board. Get to the next. I watch as he proceeds to go back through the entire board, hitting every brick & question mark box, leaving no coin behind all the way back to the beginning of the board!

"I need to go back. I missed stuff" is echoing in my ears.
Who knew God would speak to me through this Super Mario Bros experience with my 4 year old?!
He did. Instantly, I got the message.
My goal is the next step. My goal is what's ahead. My goal is getting through where I am to get to where I'm going. I've been like that for as long as I can remember.

Maybe, just maybe, I could be "missing stuff"on this board in the effort to get to the next.

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party ashamed that i know there is a whole site dedicated to the new super mario bros
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  1. eeks...good, and scary, reminder!!!

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  3. Great reminder, Tina!

    Brought to mind the quote "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."


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