If I am ever in a video that goes viral I hope it is not because I was acting like a tool.😕
On our community Facebook pages people argue routinely. The coronavirus has provided more fodder. The wearing of masks (or not) is a hot button particularly whether people should wear them at the lake park. It’s been mandated that they must by our city council but apparently many are not and the rule isn’t being enforced. I’m thinking an officer on horseback with a stun gun.😁
I was looking at women’s swimsuits on Amazon when I spotted an odd model amidst the many lovely, young, thin ladies pictured. No, she wasn’t transgendered, plus-size, or otherwise differently oriented, she was a dummy. Wait – strike that – she was a movement-challenged inanimate human form.
I was doing a somewhat repetitive project for a few hours the other day so I had the radio on as background. Two child-related ads caught my attention, one directly related to kids (the other less so).
Did you know that you can buy sleep medication for children? I didn’t. I guess I probably knew certain cold or flu products might be indicated for sleep but this was a product intended only for sleep. The voice-over included a child asking for “one more story” at bed-time. There was a time when this would have made a great SNL skit:
“Susie and Johnnie won’t go to sleep at night? Do they keep asking for one more story or another drink of water? Well, worry no more! Just slip them a nighty-night pill in their milk at dinner and you’ll hear no more whining or tolerate rambunctious behavior come bed time!”
Sure, I’ve made fun, but truly, the idea of sleep medication for children IS troubling to me. It could be abused by adults looking to settle their kids down without the pesky tasks inherent in parenting. And, I can’t help but think if a child is having trouble sleeping, something else is probably amiss. Yes, many, many adults have sleep issues and take medications of one sort or another but whether you agree that’s a good idea or not, it’s still different for an adult to make that choice than for a child to be given sleep meds, all the more so if it’s just for normal kid-resistance to going to bed which is what this particular ad implied. I wonder if a child who takes medications to induce sleep is always going to be reliant on them, if not physically, psychologically, even later in life?
I had a friend, a smart person, with sleep issues who claimed insomnia was a “disease.” That didn’t sound right to me at all and I remember at the time looking into it and finding information that said insomnia didn’t exist 100 years ago. That is very telling. Living like people did 100 years ago, with all that entailed, does not sound like fun, but I can’t help but think that it couldn’t hurt to try to replicate at least a few of the habits that made sleeping naturally a routine part of life, starting very young.
The other ad was for the TV show Jeopardy. The voice-over said the show was for “mature audiences.” What? I’m not a regular viewer but I’ve watched the show and that caveat surprised me. Was there a law suit? Complaints? I can’t think what would elicit that warning. Particularly framed against EVERYTHING ELSE kids view. Googling the topic didn’t provide any answers. Racy Jeopardy? At 7:30pm? If it WAS, I might be a more regular viewer.
I said one of my kinda resolutions for 2019 was more levity. I can’t tell you I’m exactly yukking it up over here but I have something to share, namely The Kids Are Alright, Tuesday nights at 8:30pm on ABC. It’s the second season of the smart, very funny half-hour comedy featuring a Catholic family with 8 – eight – sons set in the early 1970’s. A personal frame of reference might add to the humor but I daresay the show is a hoot in its own right. The thing that makes the show exceptional is the believability; each character is well drawn and an individual; these aren’t a bunch of interchangeable kids talking nothing like actual children. The lines come fast; I’m still thinking about the last one and they’ve moved on to the next. If you were passing by, you’d likely hear me laughing – loudly. It’s been a long time since I had a “show”, a network TV show I made a point to watch each week. I’m only sorry I didn’t discover it sooner.
The funniest DVD I saw recently was Game Night. I had held off seeing it because I mistakenly thought it was a scary movie. It isn’t; it’s a dark comedy. Again, it’s the most I’ve laughed watching a DVD in quite awhile. (Perhaps my viewing diet of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Affair, and The Handmaid’s Tale have something to do with this.😐