It’s Thanksgiving in the United States, and since the frenzy of the earnings season is finally over (for now, at least), we were afforded long weekends off work. Mine started yesterday.
But since I man the graveyard shift, most of yesterday was spent catching up on some much-needed sleep. Today, my eight-year old and I have the house all to ourselves. He, too, is on holiday from school.
He was watching the battle-of-the-brains segment of a local noontime show when I remembered to ask: “What do you think of Christmas?”
A kid is starting to get bored
He looked at me, thought about the question for a moment and said, “Ummm … nothing.”
“Nothing?” I asked, totally not expecting the nonchalance. “Like you’re not happy during Christmas?” I remembered that as an eight-year old, Christmas was like the season of seasons, something I always looked forward to.
He turned off the TV. “Of course, I am happy during Christmas.”
“Then why the initial response?” I asked as gently as I possibly could, as I had this tendency to sound annoyed even when I’m not, thanks but no thanks to my big, booming voice.
A kid is bored
“Basta,” he said, his trademark retort whenever he wasn’t in the mood to reply to a question, or he was simply bored.
I asked him to get a book so we can read together, but no, he just stayed where he was sitting, grabbed a giveaway handed out by some personal hygiene products manufacturer to my daughter and started perusing the directions printed on the sachet.
He was bored, he simply was. Then again, the sun was shining irately outside for him to go out and ride his bike.
“What gift would you want to receive this Christmas?” I asked again.
A kid is really bored
Anything? Dear me, my kid is really bored.
That said, while listening to the howling of the wind outside – howling wind on a hot day, yes – we decided to play Plants vs. Zombies. As I expected, he enjoyed zapping those brain eaters every step of the way.
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