Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Minecraft ~~ Virtual Lego's For The Soul

So the family has fallen for the Minecraft...and we've fallen HARD!!!

Lately Racers been stimming and wiggy for so long neither one of us knows up from down anymore. If he's not sucking his thumb, he's standing on his head or stammering with his words. I had originally thought it was from a tooth he cracked but its not. So while I'm still knee deep in trying to figure out what's wrong with him, I'm also trying to figure out how to help him regulate. Not for my own sense of normalcy but for him but I don't think HE can think straight, let alone anyone else.

Which brings me to Minecraft. I had resisted for quite a bit, I'm a gamer and when it came out on the 360 I had to ignore it for the longest time. I knew it would be a soul sucker, that the hubs would become a Minecraft widow and the kids would starve and become motherless *I am not joking here either* But the other day the hubs broke the drought and bought it for me.

Day was all a blur, bought the game around 6PM I think 12hrs later I was still playing that damn game.

Day Two.....I managed to stay in reality. I refused to play because I saw what had happened the previous night. But between me and all of you IT WAS ALL I COULD THINK OF ALL DAY!!!

I had it bad.....real bad.

Day Three......played again, this time I got to play with a long time e-friend of mine. She played with the rest of my clan *yes I said clan* and I. We had a blast and once again up till the crack of dawn.

I'm on Day Four and already going through withdrawals.

But here's the thing, on day one....Racer was as still as a freaking mouse, he was quiet and in tune with what I was doing. By day two he was ready to play with me, so we logged him into his acct and let him play. He was already building castles and crafting tools all on his own. It gave me pause, here is my 6yr old son doing this, he was sitting still and working and building. Using creativity to create his own world here, mind you we've had our bumps. He doesn't like playing with to many other people and he REALLY hates when you go in his house. But its teaching him about cooperative play, learning to share and coexist with others. 

I was thinking about it last night and its kind of like virtual lego's in a way. But here there are no little sisters to take his lego's, no older brothers to destroy his creations. Its his world and no one can mess with it. 

But if I thought I had it bad, man oh man...the kid is sleeping with his xbox controller under his pillow. From wake till sleep its all he wants to do. I have to force mealtime, bath time and sleep.

We've got it bad!!!! Wonder if there is a 12 step program for this?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

50Cent and Being a Decent Human Being.

I haven't blogged in quite a while. My voice, time and energy have been with different projects. Ones I'm quite fond of doing and will hopefully blog about soon.

But today I saw something on my Facebook newsfeed that made me think today. As most of you have seen lately the rap artist 50cent has taken hits after his extremely rude over the line tweets. He's since had them removed, along with apologizing for what he said. The apology is what I call a PR apology it lacked any sort of real emotion.

I didn't plan on blogging about this, most stuff has been said over and over again. I'm proud of the community for coming together and ripping this guy a new one. But I have my own view to express so here it goes.

What I see this as....most celebrities have twitter. Lots of them say stuff that is cringe worthy and it makes you wonder where the heck their PR person was when that was written. But that is what happens when you give people an open forum. I see them as people, they may be rich and famous...but at the bottom of it all they are people, just like you and me. Does that mean they should say whatever they feel? No, but most people wish they could, some people do and have no remorse or understanding that some actions have repercussions.

What this makes me think..... 50cent and every other person/celebrity who voices a very strong opinion about special needs children, or any other community of people. This is what they think, what the truly believe about other people. There is no changing that, there is no going back from what was said. The words stung as they should...but this is what he truly believes. Its not like he just wanted to be so rude he'd throw together any words to insult another human being. As Autism is all over the news right now it was a perfect target. It wasn't like he stopped there, because he went on to say "I don't want any special needs kids following me"

I'm sure his momma would be ashamed, does she think "I didn't raise my boy like that?" When in fact she did. I was raised to never insult a special needs person, the R word wasn't in my vocabulary and its not in my children's vocabulary. When they hear the word they ALWAYS tell me about it and how it made them feel. 

I truly loved 50cent as an artist, I will be sad to see him leave my playlists, but even sadder to know the type of human he truly is.