The Nintendo DS did return to our house Friday night, but not without a lot of drama. We came home from movie night at school (where Luke behaved like a perfect gentleman, by the way) at 8 pm to find that UPS did not deliver the package for a second day in a row. We live near the top of a mountain and the first day it was due to be delivered, Thursday, we had a lot of rain and knew it would be hard for the truck to get up the gravel hill to our house. But Friday it was dry enough and the driver still logged it as “emergency conditions out of UPS control.” I immediately called the customer service center to complain and find out when we would get the package but I was told they couldn’t communicate with the local warehouse until Monday morning. I was really keyed up about it because I knew how disappointed Luke would be to have to wait until Monday when he had been told two days in a row he was going to get it and it didn’t come. My heart was broken for him.
But, thank god for Asheville UPS employee and all-around kind woman, Ginger. She called not 5 minutes after getting off the phone with the nat’l customer service center to apologize for the delays in delivery (it turns out our regular driver, the one who knows how to navigate our crazy terrain up here, was out last week). She said someone would be there until about 9 pm and, if we wanted to come get it, she would make sure someone would stay there until we got there (of course, we live across town from the UPS counter). Tim (dad) couldn’t stand for Luke to be disappointed again so he went to get the package. Thank you Ginger!
So I told Luke as I tucked him into bed that dad was on his way to go get his DS and he’d be able to play it in the morning. Of course, he was up before 6 am Saturday morning to play it. We let him have extra time to play on the DS Saturday, we knew he was missing it greatly and, after all, he had not played for about two weeks.
It’s hard for me to make positive correlations with video games. I was anti-video games, adamantly anti-video games. But when Tim downloaded a Lego Star Wars game to his PC in 2007 I saw two positive things: (1) the bonding between Tim and Luke, and (2) Luke’s pride and self-confidence when paying the game — this was something he was lacking most of the time. So we decided a video game player that could travel would be ok with time limits and Santa brought a DS for Luke and a DS for sister Emma Christmas 2007. We noticed right away how good Luke felt playing the DS. He had struggled with a lack of self-confidence, sadness, and anger since starting Kindergarten that fall.
So, was the missing DS causing the seeming “backslide” in behavior for Luke the last two weeks? The jury is still out on that one, we’ll see how school goes the next couple days, but it looks like it was at least part of the cause. He had a few issues following directions when we were shopping yesterday, but what child under 10 isn’t bored out of their mind shopping for household supplies with their parents? Otherwise, he did pretty great this weekend.
Just 7 days until his evaluation!