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Obsession

March 18, 2010

My son was down and out with the flu this week, leaving him unable to pursue the normal joys and adventures of the day.

Well, almost.

Scene: our house. The boy –  sick, coughing, aching, lying on the couch with a bucket close at hand, is curled up with a blanket.

His mom comes in, checks his forehead and tries to make him more comfortable.

Mom: “You’re getting warm again, here is some Tylenol.”

“Would you like a popsicle?”

The boy almost imperceptibly shakes his head.

Mom: “Some juice then, you need to have something to drink.”

The boy doesn’t move.

Mom: “Would you like to have a movie on?  Is there something I can get you?”

Boy: “Mom?”

Mom: “Yes?”

Boy: “Could you play my Super Mario Brothers Wii game and let me watch?”

So my wife made Mario jump, run and fight various opponents while my nine-year old son, who was too sick to even hold the remote, participated vicariously.

Someday, that intense single-minded focus will be directed at cancer or some other great scientific, political or artistic endeavor and mankind will be perceptibly better for it.  Until then, Bowser better look out!

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