Our Wii was out of commission for a little bit, but we are back up and running now. And that is a good thing. I don’t know how much longer I could have endured Kaitlyn complaining that she cannot play her princess game.
Right now, however, she is wanting to play Mario Kart. And it is not pretty. It is more of a practice in learning how to deal with motion sickness. When watching Kaitlyn play Mario Kart, it is best to have taken a full dose of Dramamine beforehand, and probably to have a booster dose ready.
The best way to describe how she plays Mario Kart is to compare her to the character of Cole Trickle in the movie Days of Thunder. She races hard, but without concern for any obstacles in her way. She continually bounces off of walls, falls into black holes, or plummets toward Earth. It is not for lack of trying, but she is just not really that good of a driver. If there were a pace car in the game, I doubt that it would be safe from destruction.
If her driving skills were confined only to being bad at Mario Kart, I would not even bat an eye. Sadly, however, they are not. It’s been a while since it happened, but I remember it like it was yesterday. We were at the Sprague’s house, and she was outside playing with the boys. She hopped behind the wheel of their toy Jeep; you know, the ones that kids have that are scaled down to make them feel like they are really driving. Anyway, it took her less than 30 seconds to drive that thing right into the bushes. Once she was freed, it was no more than a minute until she was heading toward a tree. Some kids have a knack for driving those things; Kaitlyn is not one of those kids.
Luckily, we have about 9 years to get her to improve her driving. Hopefully she will get better. If not, my best advice would be to stay off the sidewalk, and if you are riding with her, take some motion sickness pills first.