Monday, July 2, 2007


I think boredom is highly underrated.

I remember when I was a kid (cliche, I know) there were vast swaths of time during the summer when I had nothin' much to do. My mom would kick me out of the house, and there'd I'd be, in our Edward Scissorhand neighborhood bored to death. Then, I'd walk to my neighbor's homes, ask if so-and-so wanted to play. When I successfully found a playmate or two, we'd either build something, put on a stupid play in someone's garage, ride bikes, skate or sneak around the neighborhood and pretend we were spies or something.

I don't envy children these days. Almost everyone I know who works has their kid in daycare where their entire day is pretty much spelled out for them. Even when they're home, they spend a lot of time on the PlayStation.

I'm a S.A.H.M., so therefore, I am here. My kid, like every other kid, plays video games. But hey, this is So Cal, the sun is shining, and I think it's time for him to be bored.

I kicked him and his friend out the door. They wandered about for a bit, then when the boredom became almost too much to bear, they stuck some Star Wars figures to a remote control car and peppered the sidewalk with TNT Pop-its. Then, in a stroke of genius, they began to video tape the whole thing on my son's phone. The movie (as they tell it, and as far as I can figure) is a sci-fi/Gone in 60 Seconds/comedy of some sort.

Boredom has its rewards.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A young Ron Howard in the making! I are too overstimulated with activities and TV these days. Ever seen the show Sports Kids...the parents are pycho!