Most nights we gather round as a family before the boys bedtime and we read Little House on the Prairie. We have been reading this series for months and months and I am not sure who is more excited to hear what happens next in the story…(pretty sure it is tied between Rad and I followed VERY closely by Gress). After each story we all say…”just one more…” and we give in and read well beyond bed time. I often close my eyes and pretend I am there in the log cabin with just a stove to warm me. I can remember watching the shows when I was little and I was excited to find out they are playing on tv right when Mcree goes down for a nap.
So for a few afternoons I have let Gress watch the show. Great idea right? Usually I am busy trying to get the dinner ready and chores completed so it is a great break for Gress to have some chill time…or so I thought. Today he came into the kitchen with tears streaming down his face crying about some sad scene on the show. I gave him a hug and a little while later he told me about some scene and how he would beat up someone if they did that to him. I guess in your adult life you do block out all the bad stuff because I really only remember good things about Little House and the Prairie.
At this point, I decided to come sit down and see for myself. I have to say reading it and watching it are two TOTALLY different experiences. Reading it is much more magical and less relationally dramatic. But what I didn’t consider was the commercials that played in between the show. Pretty sure they are trying to reach ALL demographics with these ads. The first commercial was for Dish Network (and I have to say I kind of tuned it out). Gress spoke up and said, “mom, that dish tv is really great. You can watch all the channels you want and even pay for movies. That dish is great.” Does he even know what he is talking about. Commercial #2 plays and it is for a wheelchair scooter. Gress says, “mom, so if you fall in a few months, like really fall, you can get a scooter.” Great Gress, hopefully I can just stand back up. And then the third commercial comes on. Oh boy. It was for NO NO Hair Removal (electric razor kind of thing). This lady starts rubbing it on her arms and showing how her hair can be removed. Then she says, ” You can use it on your mustache and you won’t have a mustache.” and Gress looks at me with a funny confused look and says, “her mustache mom, her mustache?” And then he asks, mom, “what is a bikini area?” Oh boy. That was it.
No more Little House TV watching for this 5 year old. Good thing there are other exciting things going on, like the bunk beds being complete and 2 little boys sleeping soundly (or so I hope) in them now.