Monday, August 25, 2008

The Digital Gene

When you find out you're having a baby, you spend hours dreaming about not only what he will look like, but what interests he'll have, what foods he'll like, and whether he'll be a dog person or a cat person, baseball person or football person.

Because we know those last two are the most important identifiers.

You wonder who he will take after with his personality. Will he be careful and meticulous like Mom, or will he be witty and willing to take risks like Dad? Or will there be some combination of the two, forming a kid so awesomely funny and organized that he can handle anything?

And so you hope, wish, and pray that your kid will like dogs and football. That he will be the cutest thing ever, enjoy learning, be a good problem solver, like all sorts of music, eat his broccoli, and yet still be enough of a kid to enjoy ice cream and marshmallow cereal. Oh, and totally think you're the coolest parents ever.

And maybe slip a frog in his pocket now and then. Because life just wouldn't be complete without freaking a Mom out every once in a while.

With Chickster nearing one year old (!), more and more of his personality, likes and dislikes are starting to show themselves. And the boy has definitely taken after his Daddy in loving all things electronic.

Every time Chickster is in the office with us, all he wants to do is press the button on Husband's computer and pull on the cables under my desk.

Maybe he loves Husband's PC because it is where Husband spends a lot of time. Maybe it is because it is a warm, whirring box of fun. Maybe it's because of the blue LED light down the front. But the kid zeroes in on the power button the second he comes into the room, and it's all we can do to keep him away from it.

He loves looking at pictures and video of himself on the computer. He loves watching his Daddy play games on the internet. He strives to reach any and all remote controls he thinks may be within his grasp. And given certain conditions, he enjoys the TV.

And that's all well and good. Given time, those things can be put to good use. But one of these days, he's going to sneak up on Husband and hit that POWER button while he's in the middle of a raid or a quest.

And that won't be pretty.

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