I still collect action figures and comic books. This is a lifelong hobby of mine, and I share it with my Dad who’s 55 years old. I also like to play video games. I don’t play them as frequently as I once did, but I still do.

On occasion, I’ve had my Mother tell me that I need to grow up and stop playing video games. After her getting me that Guitar Hero shirt last week, I’ve come to think that she now accepts the fact that I’m going to keep playing video games for a really long time.

I’ve found it to be disconcerting though that she would be telling me to grow up. I don’t see a cutoff point for videogames. Anybody of any age could play them and have fun. I can however see it from her perspective. She was a war baby born in 1943. She’s from that generation that had lots of other forms of entertainment. Although having 3 sons over the span of 22 years has definitely shown her how entertainment for children has evolved.

I have grown up and matured. I’ve got a job (for the time being, then I have to start looking for another one), I pay my bills, I have had a stable relationship for the past 2 going on 3 years, so I see no reason why she would be saying that previously. Like I said before though, she’s accepted it, and knows that it’s just another part of me, and it’s not going to have any effect on me whatsoever. Besides, for everyone, there’s never really “growing up”. People just have different ways of achieving and showing it.

I’m glad now though, that my Mother has a better understanding of why I like playing videogames, and that it’s not something that only a child should enjoy. A grown man can enjoy that too. Her endorsement of it with the Guitar Hero shirt was a great way of showing it.

Rene’s song of the day: “Basketcase” by Green Day.

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