Yes, I know that 14 year olds are in their video-game-prime, but I don’t like losing to him EVERY TIME! I thought about grounding him for winning, but Lea quickly nixed that idea. Then there was the idea of rigging the game so I could win, but the game can’t be rigged.
So I did the only thing a dad can do to be competitive against Connor … I practiced. I practiced Mario Kart before he got up, when he was at school and when he was over at a friend’s house. I practiced hard and believe it or not, I got better.
So the other night I asked the question, “Hey Connor, you up for a little Mario Kart?”
“You sure you’re up for it Dad?” he asked with just a hint of cockiness.
And the game was on. After a little quick warm up race, Connor selected the track “Bowser’s Castle.” Ugh, I hate driving at Bowser’s Castle, because there are so many objects to hit and so many turns, but I felt ready so I didn’t say anything other than, “Let’s do it.”
When the race started I was off like a flash. I immediately got a bonus-boost and was in first place (a spot I’m not used to being in). It was amazing, I was driving a flawless Mario Kart race. I avoided getting hit by shells, and I even dodged boulders that were regulars at smashing me. Not only was I dominating, but I took a quick peek at Connor’s screen and noticed he was frustrated and running fifth. Lap one of three came and went, and I was pulling away. I could smell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y, not only against my 14 year old nemesis but also against Bowser’s Castle, a place that just dominates me.
I crossed the finish line in first and did what any mature, humble father would do … I danced a victory dance. I threw down my controller, pointed at Connor and said, “Who’s your Daddy?” “WHO IS YOUR DADDY?” I had finally won!
I didn’t more than get those words out of my mouth when Connor said, “DAD, DAD … That was only the second lap! We have another full lap to go?”
By the time I found my controller and realized what I’d done, I was in last place. In fact when the race was over, I came in dead last and Connor recovered to take first. I’d gotten a little cocky and had celebrated a full lap too early.
I’ve now come to realize two things about video games and life:
1) God never intended for fathers to be able to beat 14 year old sons at video games.
2) Pride comes before a fall.