So my kids have moved into the 21st century.
James has an iPad, Charlyse and Saraya have our old iPhones and use them like an iTouch. And Paddy just goes around stealing anyone’s iWhatever and acts like it’s his.
This past Christmas, Santa bought the kids an Xbox 360 Kinect. Now, I am not a fan of video games. I never have been. And Julian has always despised them. We are the kinds of parents who think kids should use their imaginations and play outside, keeping as active as possible.
However, when you have a child with a disease like Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, your attitude changes. Dramatically.
The great thing about Xbox is that James can still be a little bit active whilst sitting on the couch. He can still interact and use his brain and his skills of logic and reasoning. He can problem solve, and he can be competitive. With his body quickly failing him, he can still do things virtually that he could never do in the “real world”. He can snow ski, he can play rugby, he can run and jump, he can play football and run along the top of trains. He can ten-pin bowl, and he can fly. He can do all these things, in the comfort of our TV room. This is the way his life is heading, living in the virtual world where he can be anything and do anything.
And do you know what? I am going to let him do it to his heart’s content. As long as he is happy and doing everything he ever dreamed of doing, even if it is virtually, then that’s all I can ask for.
Play away, my sweet James. Play away.