Thinking & Feeling

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” Horace Walpole

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Boys BIG HEART their cousins!

My boys have begged for a Playstation, PSP, Gameboy, XBox, Wii.... ANYTHING! For years now. The poor sods make PSP's out of little boxes and pretend, and Q even got a cheap electronic thing once which had one silly simple game on it, and tried to pass it off as a 'Gameboy'

I was having none of it. I eventually got them some PC games and a games controller and told them that was good enough. They use and like it but. MOM. IT'S NOT THE SAME!

But honestly I just can not justify spending thousands of Rands on a gaming console, and also I don't want to encourage them to spend hours on end on the couch in front of the TV. I'd far rather buy a bicycle or skateboard etc. That's always been my approach. To the point that when our TV aerial blew out of place in June this year and the reception got screwed up I didn't bother to fix it. And still haven't. We literally do not use our TV anymore, not for months now.

Anyway my sister said her boys had negotiated to death for a Wii, and she finally relented but said they already had a PS2 and can't have that many gaming systems. They apparently decided to donate their PS2 and all their games to my boys for Christmas. So we came back from Pretoria with a big heavy gift bag, and I told them NOT TO LOOK inside. Amazingly they never did. Seems they are like me in that way and would rather have a genuine surprise than spoil it for themselves...

Anyway yesterday they opened their gift and they were beyond thrilled! Proclaiming it to be the best gift they have ever got.

I was a tad concerned that it might be a mission to connect up and figure out. But after I changed the plug (from 2 to 3 prong) Quinn zooted off and had it up and running in about 2 minutes, I didn't even have to get up. Yay! So he may replace me as handyman around the house soon too! I can feel my techie knowledge atrophying already!

Griffin is glad that our TV has stopped being an ornament.

Also they are now taking turns one on the PC games and one on the PS2 and my house is strangely quiet. Not a single whining 'It's MY turn now!' to be heard.


  1. My boys also got their PS2 years and years after all their friends as a joined gift some years ago.

    I'm so happy your kids are so happy. :)

  2. yay. something from cousins is way more treasured.