One just doesn’t know with Tony. You try to make him happy but he will instead act miserably and abominably.

Dad found this old bit of software that he thought Tony would enjoy: the Microsoft Train Simulator. He loaded it on his laptop and when Tony came home, he showed it to him.

Tony was interested, but became quickly became annoying. He immediately wanted to control the computer and the program even though he didn’t know how to operate it. He wouldn’t let his father try to figure out how to get the steam trains running. His father would have rather have used the Diesel engines which were easy to use, but Tony peevishly wanted to only watch the steam engines, which aren’t easy to operate. He also had this strange desire to view the trains from close-up. Dad was interested in a wider view to see the setting the train was in, and tried to set up the wider view but Tony got angry.

And when it was time for supper, Tony had a twenty minute fit when Dad turned off the program.

Dad found himself begging Tony to act reasonably and calmly without success. He thought to spank the boy, but didn’t see the point. Hitting a child to shut him up is counter-productive.

Will Tony listen to reason when he can better understand what is Dad is telling him?

About wuxiandis

An English Teacher in Wuxi, China. Married to a local girl. Father of a boy born August 23, 2007.
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