Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The story of the controversial toy trucks and consumerism...

Ok, so I have to rant about an experience I had at Starbucks last week. Gavin really loves to play with the trucks at daycare and because we didn't have any at home- I took him down to a shopping plaza to find him some. Afterwards, I decided to go to Starbucks and get myself a latte. While waiting in line a lady tells me what a cute little boy I have and asks him how his day is going. I responded that he's having a great day because we just found him some fun trucks to go home and play with. I assumed at this point our conversation was over but then she says, "Wow, see this is the problem with our economy- advocating consumerism at such a young age!" At first I was shocked and offended but thankfully I have been blessed with the sarcastic gene. I simply responded "Wow, that's an interesting commentary from someone who is buying coffee at STARBUCKS! Oh- and nice COACH bag!" I understand there are plenty of conversations we can have in regard to consumerism in America- and yes, it has gotten out of control BUT I hardly think that my buying my son a couple of $10 plastic trucks is advocating consumerism! (P.S. They were made in Sweden and not China- I think that is worth mentioning) I just find it so funny that she gave me a little lesson on consumerism while at Starbucks- I mean isn't Starbucks sort of a symbol of consumerism??? I debated going further with the conversation to see if she knew anything about mortgage backed securities and some of the real reason we are in this financial crisis (other than of course, me buying my son toys) but I decided to let it go. Now that I've completed my rant- check out Gav playing with his AWESOME new trucks :)

7 comments:

laura said...

haha! What a lamer!

I think Gavers has quite a while before he should be forced to feel bad about his consumerism...he is just a little boy that likes trucks!

e. said...

Way to go, Jenny!!! Yea for Gavin and his trucks and his awesome mama!!

Missy said...

Hi Jenny! That is freaking hillarious. I'm so glad you spoke up in defense of toys! Makes me wonder what a person like that played with as a child....

ps: I love the autumn posts, soooo beautiful!

pps: Gavin is going to be a heart-breaker. What a cutie patootie!

Steve Davey said...

I think the real story here is somehow your overcompensating for having never been to Disneyland. Absent this experience you feel a void that needs to be filled...by coffee and toy trucks and mortgage backed securities.

When will you learn that your biggest problem is missing out on the happiest place on earth?

Hillary said...

First, Swedish trucks make the world go 'round. And secondly, you are my idol. This is hilarious!

Emily said...

I wish I would have been there to see that lady's face! Your quick (sarcastic) wit is one of your many awesome qualities.

Emily said...

Speaking of consumerism, what's Gav dressing up as for Halloween?