My boyfriend wasn't always a player.
A video game player, that is.
I thought the end had really come this weekend, but not because of the rapture. My boyfriend announced that he was selling his Xbox.
As his girlfriend, I was ecstatic to hear the news. As a girl, I was confused. Why would my boyfriend want to sell his Xbox?
Let me give you a little background. When I first met my boyfriend, a.k.a. This Totally Awesome Boy, he didn't even own a gaming console. He only played on occasion when he went to a friend's house, and that was totally fine with me. It was refreshing. I had found a guy who wasn't already in a serious relationship with an Xbox.
But then a few months into our relationship, he decided to get one. I was kinda crushed, to be honest. .....What? Why? I remember thinking. Why does he need one now? And although he didn't play it as much as other guys, I began to fully understand the frustration some girls have with guys playing their Xbox. I can honestly admit that I felt some slight competition, even a slight twinge of jealousy here and there. While I wasn't being taunted with the threat of another girl, this seemed just as worse: this thing was waiting for him in his bedroom every single night.
And I understood how girls felt. "Just let me finish this match," he'd say, and I'd say goodbye and sigh to myself. Or waiting for what felt like forever for a text message reply or for a phone call to be answered. That damn Xbox was a force to be reckoned with.
But summer was quickly approaching, and one day he just announced it. "I'm selling my Xbox," he said.
"Why?" I asked with an innocent face, hoping I was stifling the grin that was about to spread across my face.
"I want to use the money to get roller blades. I used to do it all the time, and I miss it. My Xbox keeps me inside anyways."
I breathed a sigh of relief, but at the same time didn't really believe it. But it's true folks, my boyfriend's Xbox will be gone tomorrow.
Don't get me wrong. I wasn't totally disgusted by his Xbox habit, I know that I have a few things I could give up/work on myself. I even tried playing with him a few times, but it just didn't really click. I guess I'm not that kind of girlfriend. But I think that him having roller blades could be fun this summer...maybe he could even teach me how.
He texted me tonight, saying he had a great blog post idea for me. "Blog about how the typical "the guy will play his games 'all the time' isn't true," he said. "Because this Totally Awesome Boy is selling his console for something more active."
Well said, Totally Awesome Boy. Well said.
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