I took my nine-year-old son to a pizza place for lunch today. Inside was an arcade.
"Mama, can I play the video games?" he asked.
"Sure," I said.
He found a race car game. "I want to play this one!"
I gave him some tokens and let him go to town. For the first run, he picked the Sonoma Valley option. You should've seen him speed through those farm lands! He banged into fences, plowed over a few cows, and knocked cars off the road.
"Bubba," I said when the ride was over. "Only you could tear up cow country like that!"
He grinned. "Can I play again?"
I nodded and gave him a few more tokens. This time he chose the big city option. Same thing. He plowed into guard rails, construction vehicles, and buildings. Then he decided to drive in a mall. He killed a few screaming people in that place. When he was done, he laughed. "That was great!"
I just shook my head and led him out the door.
When we got to the car, he asked, "Mama, can I drive your car home?"
Right. Not in a million years!