[Homestead] Something to muse on

Lynda lurine at softcom.net
Fri Feb 25 12:29:09 EST 2005


It's the parents.  I never can wrap my mind around these folks that go on
television with a 12 yo dressed like a red light district street walker,
moaning about how their kid is dressed.  HELLO!  Who put up the cash to buy
the trash?

We have all the current toys, video games, walkman, etc.  However, youngest
current has taken over the diningroom table with a jigsaw puzzle.  She
routinely asks for web surfing time for coloring pages, scrapbooking "stuff"
and, speaking of paperdolls, paperdoll pages.  We've printed out and made
paperdoll ballarinas, Victorian paperdolls, 50s paperdolls, etc.

She curls up next to the woodstove and reads books (just finished with Julie
of the Wolves).  She's learning to bake "fancy stuff" now because she asked.

She reads food labels and doesn't ask for junk because she knows it is junk.

I'm currently latchhooking a rug, DH paints at night, we both read, read,
read.  Would she asks for things if she had never seen them?  I doubt it.

It's the parents!

Lynda
----- Original Message -----
From: <sanrico at highdesert.com>
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Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 8:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Something to muse on


> And shameful it is that our grandchildren fall heir to these warped and
empty
> goals and values. One of my "little ones", age eight, pines for anything
new and
> "cool" as long as it can be placed in his ear and will play canned music.
I
> counter with gifts like the lovely little wooden whistle from my dog-eared
and
> much loved Grizzly Industrial catalog. And the girls? I fully intend that
my now
> six-year-old will spend her summer creating paper dolls, and dressing
them,
> without benefit of video instruction, and that she will be able to whip up
a
> dozen from-scratch homemade tortillas before returning to school in the
fall. I
> am fighting the good fight. Where are all the big people who are supposed
to be
> sharing their time and skills - not their 'things' - with the little
people?
> Sandy
>
> On Fri, 25 Feb 2005 09:12:10 -0700, Gene GeRue wrote:
>
> >
> > "Drawn forward by debt, desire, or both, Americans are emerging as the
> > first addicts of the technological age, driven still by some ancient
> > instinct for self-preservation that in our time of affluence is
misplaced.
> > . . .It is in this blind pursuit of material prosperity that Americans
have
> > begun to push the boundaries of human adaptation, as is evidenced by
rising
> > levels of greed, anxiety, and obesity."
> > --From American Mania: When More is Not Enough, by Peter C. Whybrow
M.D.,
> > published by W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
> >
> > (Found in the AARP Bulletin / February 2005)
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