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Live Better….. April 27, 2011

Posted by boaktree in Uncategorized.

I’ll preface this post by explaining that we watch Survivor on Wednesday nights.  It’s date night for my girls and I, this one hour a week.  We only started this tradition this year, but we love it.

This is the only television we really watch in a week, other than documentaries and stuff we watch on the internet.  So, what I’m getting at is, this one hour a week is the only time that myself and my girls really see commercials.

Ah, yes, commercials.  Advertising.  We talk about them, laugh at them as they interrupt our viewing regularly throughout the show.  Joke about all the things we are being told we “need.”  Comment sarcastically on how I’d obviously be much happier (and prettier and younger looking) if I had a certain face cream.  It’s quite fun, really, watching these commercials with my girls. 

But tonight was particularly funny.  Let me explain.

It all started with a Wal-Mart commercial, of course.  One that showed us many products that we must need, from packaged foods, to paper towels, to potato chips.  Most definitely things we need to buy.  We are certainly deprived since we do not.  It then stated, “Save Money, Live Better.”  Great tag line, I’ll admit.

So this commercial is on, and the tag line is stated.  Wal-Mart.  Save Money. Live Better.  To which Gracie replies indignantly “Whatever!.  Save Money, Live Better, Grow Your Own Food!”

Her older sister and I cracked up.  Totally.  I laughed and stated just how much I love her.  Sayward commented on how very right she was. Gracie then went on to explain what she meant, and how the commercial was silly, and we don’t need any of those things, that they will not, indeed, make our lives better.  And of course, that we will save more money by growing much of our food, which we hope to do. (I will mention that this girl cannot wait to have her own vegetable garden.)  We reassured her we more than agreed with her.

Makes me think what we are doing may just be working. 

They get it.



1. Lindsay - April 27, 2011

It is so uplifting and inspiring to read about things like this, when the world is throwing so much doom and gloom at us all the time. Way to go, raising those enlightened children!

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