Apologies for my large gap in posts. I took a sabbatical as I was executing, and subsequently recovering from, another Brazilian Birthday Party. More about the event, and the alarming eruption of materialism that comes with throwing a large birthday party for a child, later.
On the topic of materialism…
My daughter informed me that she wanted Santa to bring her a big truck that she can drive. She saw this on television.
When we lived in the U.S., she never watched commercial television. We have Apple TV, which allows us to buy kids shows, and we had access to a commercial-free Disney channel. We also had an arsenal of DVDs. Luckily, little ones have no problem watching the same things over and over.
In Brazil, we let her watch regular kids channels because we though it would help her learn Portuguese. But it mostly helped her create a list of things she wants. The items on the list are not limited to toys, but include horrible pseudo-foods like Cheetos. She’s also begun to recommend household products, like toilet bowl cleansers.
I had only caught the tail end of the commercial that ignited the desire for a truck that she could drive. As we are getting closer and closer to Christmas, this morning I went into one of the big chain toy stores to see what I might be dealing with. The truck is HUGE. Not only do I not know where on earth she would “drive” this thing, as we do not live on a farm, but I have no idea where we would store it when it wasn’t in use! Oh yeah, and it costs R$900. (I don’t think so.)
So no more commercial television. I’ll start renting kids DVDs in Portuguese from the place around the corner. Only problem now is how to explain why Santa didn’t bring what she requested, as we’ve already written the letter to him that included a truck that she could drive and a baby doll.
Maybe I’ll just be honest and tell her Santa couldn’t fit the damn thing in his sleigh.