Monday, November 3, 2008

Highly Skeptical

This influx of holiday catalogs has offered our children hours of looking at photos of toys they will never receive. Ben is especially mesmerized, and is showing signs of being a major contributor to our country's economy - as soon as he gets an allowance.

The other day, Aaron and Leah were looking at one catalog, and Aaron commented, "Oh, look at the brother and sister! They are hugging so nice - they must love each other." Right away, Leah says, "Maybe they're just doing that for the picture."

Their room also had an entire wall painted with chalkboard paint - which I think is highly overrated. In photos, the board is pristine except for a couple of cute drawings and maybe a child's name. In reality, you know that board would be covered with smudges and smears and scribbles. And everything else in the nearby proximity would be covered with chalk dust.

No, I think it's safe to say that I will never ever have a chalk board wall. But hopefully my kids will continue to hug for photos, if not in real life - which they do plenty, despite Leah's suspicions.


Aaron said...

At least she's aware of the motivation behind advertising. That can't be bad, right?

Suzi said...

Now how did you daughter become so cynical? It must be that she has give Ben a hug for ulterior motives at one time or another.

mama.nichols4 said...

Too bad Ben doesn't understand the "hug for pictures" concept. ;)

We have those same catalogs lingering about.. Alex insists that he should have each and every item in them, expect the pink stuff of course. It's unfortunate that marketing is so effective in that regard. It's also unfortunate that the toys, if purchased, don't bring kids as much pleasure as depicted in the pictures.