1) Buy a used Xbox 360 as an early Christmas gift
2) Set up an Xbox Live account so he & his brother can play games online with friends
3) Agree to get him the latest game (previously mentioned Black Ops, this time for the Xbox) also for Christmas. Stumble into a nice cash back ebates deal through Dell.com where you have a credit account. Buy it right away so it will be delivered on time.
4) Black Ops arrives two days later. You immediately spirit it up to your room along with a new Adam Lambert 2011 calendar that also arrived in the mail for you. Consider giving him the game early since he takes off for San Fran with his dad on Christmas night for a week away. Decide he can wait since he does already have the game at his dad’s & is no longer dying to play it, right?
5) On twitter, notice that a Padres player you follow has posted his Xbox live account name. Show it to the teen just for shits & giggles not really thinking he’d take it that seriously.
6) Watch teen jump up faster than he’s moved in months to race to the Xbox & sign in and find the Padres player.
7) Remind teen that Padres player has over 2000 followers on twitter and that probably a few dozen or so just did the same thing as him and don’t be too disappointed if Padres player doesn’t accept friend request right away.
8) 30 mins later here teen give a squeal…no, check that..his voice is changing…it was more of a squawk…of glee as Padres player accepts his friend request.
9) Go see what’s up as the teen checks to see what game Padres player is using since he is now online – Black Ops!
10) See teen fall to the floor in agony because he knows he *asked* me for the game for Christmas but he also knows that it’s still over 2 weeks away, and he only told me 2 days ago so there is no way….right?
11) See me grin ear to ear and ask him how badly he wants that game right now?
12) See teen’s eyes get huge & hear him promise to do dishes for a week and to do ALL of the cookie dough stirring this weekend and….
13) Tell teen the game is in your room under the Adam Lambert calendar on your dresser
14) See/hear teen break speed of light to retrieve game
15) As the game loads…teen turns to you…puts out his arms and says “Thanks mom!”
16) Padres player is so cool, he plays with the teen and *talks* to him during the game
17) Realize that the only way dishes will get done or cookies made is if you physically unplug the magical Xbox machine because otherwise that boy is butt planted into that chair forever. Well, not forever as that is his brother’s room. He plays there because his room is still elementary school boy style. What he doesn’t know is that I’ve got those plans laid out too so that this pose can soon be set up in his own room. :-)