So much seems worse these days. You know that. I know that.
But for now, we have this one thing that makes us happy.
Our kids don’t ask for a bunch of crap for Christmas.
And we have technology to thank for it.
One of the most upsetting memories I have about being a child at Christmas was the WANT.
My Christmas list went on for 5 pages, with page numbers and references.
I wanted a new Barbie whirlpool, I wanted every third listed item in the JCPenney Christmas catalog, I wanted everything I saw on the cartoons and everything I saw on the commercials. (Except Gobots, no one wanted Gobots).
For me, one of those unexpected parenthood fears was knowing that my children were going to feel that intense WANT. They would be tortured with all the things they couldn’t have.
Thanks modern technology (and the internet) they’re largely exempt.
We recycle catalogs before they come in the house and most importantly, we stream the vast majority of entertainment that comes to us without commercial interruption. Without cable, they simply aren’t exposed to the relentless commercial manipulation of the 80s and 90s.
At this specific moment in their brief lives, they have less of a hard time of it than I did.
It’s an utter delight, that the kids aren’t yet consumed by the WANT.
Thanks technology, I’ll take this one as a win.