The Matron is concerned that she is producing future research for Leonard Sax, who argues that boys, as General Group, aren't as successful as girls because the former are awash in all things Game, Screen, and Video -- as well as dripping with unecessary ADHD medication and estrogen-laced food. His main five culprits are summed up here.
Spring Break for Stryker was Opportunity to Lounge in Front of Screen. Period. When said enjoyable activity was threatened with cessation in anyway--like that inconvenient eating thing or the totally untenable shower or dreaded actual real time conversation--Stryker suffered complete psychological collapse. Only return to screen was restorative.
Merrick wore his footie pajamas the entire week. Let her pause here and note that this is not a fictive moment: Merrick. never. left. his. jammies. That's how motivated he is. Why did the Matron get an image of the beer can and gut whenever she saw him, flopping around on the couch and moaning for more TV.
On the other hand would be the comparison, which would be Scarlett who toiled at the theatre. And yes, the Matron is apt: toil. Rehearsal Tuesday through Friday, 12-9 another 9 hours on Saturday and five on Sunday. With no complaining.
While the boys entertained (themselves) at home.
Of course, one child has found her passion and because Merrick is only six, the Matron still holds out hope. And don't get her wrong -- Stryker is awash in A and Award for Excellence of all sort.
She just wishes the screen didn't have such appeal.
Of course, in her attempt to live in a constant state of heightened irony, she is blogging this, cuddled on the couch next to Stryker--watching 24. With a laptop in front of her.