I have lost Dave. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 came out this week, and it is IMPOSSIBLE for him to go a day without playing it for at least four hours – and that’s just while I’m home awake.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome that he has something to do that doesn’t involve me so that I can write, or get my homework done, or whatever, but I can’t wait until he has his man-cave so I can get the stupid music out of my head! I also tend to jump when he gets upset and yells at the other people playing (though they can’t hear him because the last time he chucked his headset, we never saw it again).
I can’t say that I’m not into video games, I also have my xBox with kinect, and my PC games (I’m actually quite fond of “The Sims 2,” don’t judge me) but I don’t usually get involved with those, probably because I’m always doing other stuff. Usually, as soon as I walk in the door, it’s cooking dinner, then eating dinner, then I do my homework while Dave does the dishes (he’s so nice!) and he plays video games while I finish my homework. When I’m finished, he usually turns it off, and we’ll watch some tv for a bit until I finally just can’t stay awake anymore. I go upstairs, he turns on the PS3. Not to mention that he splits his time off work fairly evenly between napping and playing MW3, and there’s about a six-hour gap between him getting home and me getting home.
I don’t really mind it, but I do wonder about the effect it’s going to have on other things. Like when we decide to have kids. I used to get so angry at my mother for not allowing me to have a game console or unlimited computer time when I was a kid, but now that I think about it, there were many, many times that I stayed up all night playing after I was old enough to deal with the consequences of my own mistakes. I cannot imagine having that option when I was, say, ten. I’m hoping that Dave will be able to set a good example once we have kids, and only let them play certain games, for limited amounts of supervised time, and not let the kids be around when he’s virtually massacring everyone in HD…
I do worry that perhaps I’ll be considered “old-fashioned” and over-protective by other parents, but in the grand scheme of things, these are going to be my kids, I’m going to be the one responsible for teaching them, and as much as I don’t want them to be teased like I was for certain stuff, I’d rather that than them running with the wrong crowd, having an inappropriate amount of knowledge about certain things. I’m actually more concerned with whether or not they’ll even be able to have friends; I’m worried that I won’t be able to find parents that have the same values that I do. Hell, I’m worried that Dave is going to think I’m nuts! That’s why I occasionally run this stuff by him so I can kind of test the waters, and so far, he seems cool with it, but that might be because we’re not even married, let alone seriously starting to plan kids, so it might not seem “real” to him yet. I hope we can come to an agreement on kids before we get married though, because that would be a straight road to ruin if we can’t see eye-to-eye. I think we’ll compliment each other well, though, I’ll be the crazy over-protective neurotic mother, and he’ll be the laid back “don’t mind your mother, she’s just crazy right now” dad. We seem to be doing well with the dogs anyway, I think they’re a decent test-drive, especially since our dogs are so damn needy!
Yes. Chihuahuas. Dave was away when I decided to adopt them, so he didn’t really have a lot of say. He pretends that they embarrass him, and I’m sure they do sometimes, but I know he loves them anyways, he’s the one holding Spud in that picture, bwahahahahaa!
But back to Call of Duty, is there a support group I can get in on? I feel so left out, because I suck at first-person shooter, so I can’t play 😦