It's just little things...nothing major.
The Dude wanted to play the Shrek computer game that is installed on Josh's computer. Josh said it was too late that night, and if he reminded him the next day, Josh would set it up. I agreed with that decision since it was too late that night.
The next night, Josh was on my computer. The Dude asked him if he could play the game. Josh got annoyed and said, "No, not tonight."
Dude said, "Then can I play Blue's Clues?" (which was installed on my computer...the computer Josh was currently using). Josh flipped out, pushed the chair out, and yelled, "I never get to do what I want" as he stormed upstairs. He threw a laundry basket on the floor, pushed some stuff off the love seat, and stayed up there for the rest of the night.
This bothered me for a few reasons:
- If Josh promised the Dude he could play the Shrek game the following night, he should have kept that promise.
- Josh didn't have to get off of my computer. The Dude could have found something else to do.
- Josh overreacted big time, scaring the kid, who had no idea what he had done wrong.
I don't know. I'm trying to be supportive of him and his depression, but this is childish and unnecessary. Moreover, he mostly acts this way around the Dude. He finally emerged from the room after the Dude was in bed and only cheered up when it was just the two of us.
Later on that night, I mentioned to him that a local art gallery was having a lecture on the history of punk rock. I asked if he'd be interested in attending (because he loves the Ramones and early punk). He just said no. When I asked why and said that I thought he'd be thrilled, he just replied (only partly joking), "No, it sounds like something I'd have to leave the house to do."