So our oldest son has learned how to tie his own shoes. As a result of this, of course, we no longer have to tie them for him. (He's seven. It hadn't been a problem, up until we bought him shoes that actually used laces; he's been operating on a velcro-based system for the last five years.)
As a secondary result of this, he has earned a prize. Now, I want to take a moment and emphasize that this was not my idea. No, this deal was set up by the Beautiful Woman. The deal was that if he could manage to successfully tie his own shoes three times in a row (and thus demonstrate basic aptitude at the activity), he could go the Movie Trading Company and pick out a new video game for himself. Well, yesterday he managed the feat - so yesterday his mother took him to the store and let him pick out a game.
The difficulty with this sort of arrangement is that once you've told the child that he can pick out any game he likes, he will expect to be allowed to purchase any game he likes. He chose (wisely) something that would work on the PS2, so that wasn't a problem. (Xbox would have been a problem; the Xbox is currently buried in the storage unit, to puzzle and delight future archaeologists, I suspect.) I had to pick up a second controller for the PS2 (because guess what else is currently boxed up in the storage unit), but that wasn't a problem; I'd been meaning to do that anyway, and it was pretty cheap.
However, I'm a little bit embarrassed to admit which game he actually chose. It's... well.. it's Mortal Kombat: SuperDeathBloodSport. I think. Something like that, anyway.
This is embarrassing for two reasons:
1. People might judge me for letting my seven-year-old purchase a game with that much spurting blood in it.
2. He pretty much pounded me into the ground in Versus mode last night.
Still, he earned it and he's happy with it, so I can't complain too much - even though I'm pretty sure I'm going to get pounded on again after dinner tonight. You know what they say: "Sticks and stone may break my bones, but pixelated violence will never hurt me."