Last week another birthday came and went for me.
It is surely a sign of age that, when asked what you want for your birthday, you really do not have anything in mind.
However, my daughter did have something in mind for me. After discovering on the flight back from Maui that her DS had wireless connectivity and that there were multiplayer options in Pokemon Diamond, she seemed pretty determined that I had to have my own DS and copy of Pokemon so that we could play together.
She mentioned this to me several times after we got back from our trip and I, in turn, relayed this information to my wife. My wife, however, was not buying my story at first. I got a skeptical look like I was trying to use my daughter as an excuse to ask for something that I really wanted.
Fortunately, my daughter redeemed me by approaching my wife separately with her plan.
That plan, as outlined by my daughter, involved my wife buying me the DS, but my daughter giving it to me and kicked off with the question to my wife, “How much money do you have?”
Through the usual comedy of errors, including leaving the DS box out in plain sight for me to see, I was pretty sure about what I was getting for my birthday.
Of course, my daughter wanted to play together immediately, but she had to head off to school. I had taken the day off of work though, so I got the DS out, charged it up some, and started playing the game in hopes of getting far enough along that we could do something together.
So that is what I did most of the morning of my birthday; played Pokemon.
I have to say I was impressed with the game before I started playing it, but now that I have my own copy, I am surprised at the depth of the game. And I watch my daughter, who can barely read, off doing things in the game that I had no idea existed.
There is a lot of Pokemon in my future.