I miss those days in China when we were completely immune to TV advertising. We didn't have TV service, so everything we watched was commercial-free and nothing entered our home that wasn't invited. LOVED THAT about our overseas life, but its behind us now. Vivian is completely tuned in to TV commercials now. I know this because this week, when we were buying dog food, she suggested I buy Iams brand because, according to her, it has "more meat."
I told her that the commercials are doing their job because she remembers the message while making buying decisions. We have talked a lot about commercials, because they are (were) new to her and I didn't know what she made of them. I have read that until a certain age, children don't really understand that there is a difference between programming and commercials, and I thought that we were about to be hit by a advertising double-whammy: not only can she perhaps not tell the difference, she has never seen commercials at all!
But this wasn't supposed to be a post about TV advertising. It was meant to be a post about Halloween that got off track.
Last month Vivian, suddenly and without warning, announced that she wants to dress up as Katniss from The Hunger Games for Halloween. Trying to be cool, I said ok and asked her how she knows about Katniss? Her answer was vague, but I think she probably saw a Hunger Games trailer on TV. Being that she loves all girls tough and pretty, it was a no-brainer.
I promise we did not let her actually watch the Hunger Games.
It was the world's easiest costume. Trousers, jacket, and vest from the thrift store. Her regular boots. Toy bow and arrow. Small backpack from thrift store embellished with the number "12" to show her district. Finally, Katniss' signature side braid and a mockingjay replica pin.
The result: She won first place for first grade girls in front of her entire school and had a fantastic first American Halloween.