2) I should probably pause and think more before firing off such long-winded stuff, but oh well. Time constraints cause me to talk too much. : )
3) I don't blame you for skipping the words and just watching the videos on that last post, but I do blame you if you only read the words. Those vids are priceless! (Not that I'm biased.)
4) You've rightly pointed out that I'm a huge hypocrite...or at least you got me to thinking about whether I'm more a part of the problem than I realized! To clarify, my beefs aren't so much with Pinterest worthy stuff/activities/decor/etc. Craft on, party people! Instead, I think my beefs are with:
- outside sources (i.e., schools) increasing kids' expectations when parents are none the wiser. (Hello, 6 a.m. wake-up call for "St. Nicholas Day" in December, I'm looking at YOU.)
- "Tier 2" holidays getting bigger all the time, and more frequent, so that suddenly we've got once a month big time holidays (and Christmas on steroids if we're not careful)
- the preponderance of sweets and candy dispensed in schools, [and not to delve too far into a whole other can of worms, but particularly for my food allergic child who has to pass on most of it, or who is given Oreos all the time as a substitute...lovely].
- the abundance of waste being generated by some of these celebrations.
To a certain extent the onus is on each of us to either not care what anyone else is doing (and not become competitive or be made to feel inferior), or to limit our own consumption of social media if it starts to become a negative influence in our lives. But therein lies the rub, right? "Not caring" is easier said than done, because it's a total fallacy to not acknowledge that it's part of the human condition to be influenced by the images and words you're bombarded with daily.
I don't know how to wrap up my ramblings so thanks for indulging me these words and I'll get back to bombarding you with pictures shortly. : )
[3/21/13 ETA: June's haul today = 1 small plastic basket, 8 plastic eggs, jelly beans, Hershey kisses, a plastic bracelet and some stickers. Lucky kid.]