- Mar 9, 2005
We just got back from an 8 year old neighbor's birthday party. I will sound like a jerk saying this but the party was not our scene, the food was take out chicken and tubs of Walmart potato and pasta salads. The presents were mostly all from Wally World too. Just about every present had Hannah Montana on it and had something to with make-up and dress up. There were a couple of Bratz toys too. We got the girl a coloring book and and a spirograph. Haley was very attentive during the unwrapping period and I am certain she want all that junk too, its hard not to at her age. The problem I have is that it is all CRAP, corporate, unimaginative CRAP. Fortunately Haley has no idea who Hannah Montana is at this point. Its so hard to keep our junky consumer culture from indoctrinating your kids these days. I want my kid to play with toys that don't have movie and television tie ins, back stories or extensive lines of merchandise. I want her to be creative and figure out how to entertain herself when she is bored instead of turning on the idiot box and deadening her brain. The problem is the rest of the parents are busy trying to buy their kids a rich and fulfilling childhood at Walmart and Toys'R'Us. I can't keep my kind insulated from that crap and she is going to think that we are mean and unfair.