Emily turns 6 today!
Whenever one of my kids has a birthday, I look back at all that’s happened in the time passed and feel so disoriented. Could also be the 4-5 hours of (broken) sleep per night I lived on for several of those years making it tough to remember. I’m still not completely over that so better off not discussing it.
Em is so smart and independent now that I can’t believe she’s the same child who wouldn’t let me walk 2 feet away from her for 2 years, 24 hours per day, and who aggressively insisted on nursing well into her second year. I think she’s just THAT smart and knew exactly what was good for her (but I’m biased of course and also have to justify it somehow.) When I tell her about the extended nursing now she finds it hysterical. Actually, she finds pretty much everything bodily-function-related hysterical, and, I joke that she has the mind of a 19 year old frat boy in the body of a 6 year old girl. She’s always scheming and sneaking too so don’t be fooled by the doll face.
I still have the blank Valentines Day cards I bought for everyone in my family that year and then didn’t give to anyway, because, childbirth. Strange that I still have them because I’m not purposefully keeping them but every time I see them I leave them alone. I guess I am purposefully keeping them 🙂
So what else is on my mind today?
Not in a sci-fi way (at least I hope not) but in more of a “I think I’m receiving subliminal messages and my brain is too weak to fight and reject them” sort of way.
I experienced it at Whole Foods this morning. I haven’t been to Whole Foods in several months since it’s 20 minutes from my house, and, you know, because of the highway robbery thing. Not that I wouldn’t happily participate in being robbed blind at that store if I could afford it or even remotely justify it. It’s just that I can’t so I decided to quit cold turkey at the end of the summer.
But I went this morning and since I was coming in clean I noticed the brainwashing this time. If I could decode the initial message I was given as I entered the store, it would be something like:
“Feed your kids our fresh, local, organic produce, or, die.”
“We care about your well being here and if you don’t shop at our store you clearly don’t care about your own. Or your family’s. Or humanity in general. Save yourself and the planet and shop at Whole Foods. Or, die.”
Seriously it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I found out they were using some sort of subliminal messaging system all over the store. You think I sound crazy right now but I really think I’m onto something. Don’t forget that all your skin will fall off (and die) if you don’t buy their soap. Oh, wait, I think skin is supposed to do that anyway. Bad example.
You know where else I get brainwashed? Lululemon. In fact I think there’s a conspiracy between Whole Foods, Lululemon, Free People and maybe in the past Victoria’s Secret, against all of us females to get us to surrender our hearts, souls, and bank accounts to their “Powers That Be.”
VS is just so way over the top now (and I’m old) that my brain has no problem rejecting, but, the others kill me with their emails, the clothes, the fit, and the fact that I can resell their products for good prices on ebay. So much rationalization, much more willpower needed.
I say I hate being scammed by rapair men, but, I actually visit these stores and WANT to be scammed into buying a new pair of leggings. As if those leggings will fill up all the empty spaces inside and I’ll never need another pair. They don’t even fit in my drawers anymore let alone the empty spaces in my heart. That made no sense but I think you know what I’m trying to say 😉
Now to sum up my rant, in the words of Sheryl Crow: “Lie to me, I promise I’ll believe. Lie to me, but please don’t leave!”
But honestly I can’t afford it, so, I’m out. For now. Probably because I just got my fix this morning 🙂
What are your thoughts on stores like Whole Foods and Lululemon?
Worth it if you can afford it? Highway robbery? Both?