And Now, for A Word From Our Lack of Sponsorship…


November 28, 2011 by rebelwithalabelmaker

We did nothing this weekend.  No-thing.  Well, we played with lego and listened to Harry Potter and the Pretty Much Everything Up to Book Five At Which Point It Becomes WAAAAYYYY Too Creepy For You, Young Man. 

What a feeling of luxury.  The time off, not the creepiness.  What if somebody was selling this?  How much would I pay for a weekend of doing nothing but lazing about with the kids?  More than dinner and a movie?  Less than a nice outfit?

What if somebody were selling a weekend doing nothing?  What would they put in the commercial?  Happy kids sitting in piles of lego?  Laying by the fire with your spouse?  A long soak in the tub?  What an easy commercial that would be to write.  It's the cozy motherhood of the Campbell's Soup commercial cross bred with the Romance of the Diamond commercials and soothing overtones of an ad for Luxury Bath Products.  All it one tidy package.  And free.

Real life needs better advertisers.

You've worked hard, you deserve it…  commercials whisper, without adding the second half of the sentence "…and you'll be working even harder from here on in to pay it off…".

 "If it were that good," my dad used to say ALL THE TIME when I was a kid, "they wouldn't be spending so much money convincing you that you need it."

And that's how we ended up doing more spending and less living.  Nobody is selling the good stuff.  Except me.  Real life: book today.  Coming soon to a calendar near you.


4 thoughts on “And Now, for A Word From Our Lack of Sponsorship…

  1. Kathryn Green says:

    A friend of mine just spent several months living in rural France, and she describes life there as so much simpler and slower paced than here–almost like living in another era. Makes me wonder how we got this way. It is possible to consciously slow your life down, as you did this weekend, but when you live in a culture that is so not like that, it’s like swimming upstream. What would it be like to live in a place where that was the norm?

  2. Your best sister says:

    I love it! Especially the bit on the you deserve it advertising.
    I’m ready to buy your real life episode…if only I can figure out how to convince my toddler to leave me to a long soak in the tub!

  3. Liz says:

    Gary talks a lot about life in Belgium being like that. I wonder what makes the difference between the two cultures?

  4. Liz says:

    Yes, best sister, I conveniently glossed over life with young children… which I do not remember due to brain damage sustained from lack of sleep…

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