So the Little One has recently started watching television commercials. The results have been both hilarious and a little alarming. He’s pretty much wanted everything he’s seen — including Progressive Car Insurance and Magic Johnson to live with us (even though Magic really only wanted us to get some stuff from Rent-A-Center). So in the interest of teaching the Little One that “not everything you see on TV is real,” we’ve been running a little experiment and letting him decide whether everything the commercials say is true.
Experiment 1: Skechers Hot Light Shoes
According to the Little One: “They light up the whole night and will make me run really fast.”
Results: The Little One claims he is “out of control fast” in them and the lights are “super cool.” His mother felt his speed was exactly the same as before wearing the sneakers — he certainly wasn’t $46.95 faster in them. The lights would cause epileptic fits if viewed in a small dark laundry room (as they were for testing purposes).
Note: The Little One needed sneakers anyway so we figured we might as well get him these ones so we can stop hearing how cool they were. And…ummm…they are pretty cool.
Experiment 2: Lucky Charms Cereal
According to the Little One: “They have marshmallows. I like marshmallows. I want to try this.”
Results: Little One sampled a small box and liked the cereal — although expressed concern that the marshmallows were not soft. His mother (who secretly loves Lucky Charms) was pleased and more than happy to buy a box for occasional eating.
Experiment 3: Airheads Candy
According to the Little One: “My head will turn into a balloon and I will fly up into the sky.”
Results: Despite Mr. Jenners’s offer to “strap him down so he doesn’t go up too high” and detailed discussions of how he would manage his landing, the Little One stayed firmly planted on the ground — and thought the candy was disgusting.
Experiment 4: Swivel Sweeper G2
According to the Little One: “It has four brushes and can clean even little things you can’t see and even a 4-year-old can use it and you can clean stairs and even screws and nails and you need this Mommy — especially under my chair.”
Results: The Little One has watched this 30-minute infomercial at least twice in its entirety — he is completely fascinated by it and began an unrelenting campaign to get one — “I can help you clean, Mommy.” After watching the infomercial, we placed our order. After all, if we order now, we’ll get not one but TWO Swivel Sweepers with QuadBrush Technology (“the power of four”) and two little mini sweepers!!!!!!!! I guess there are suckers born every minute — and we got three of them in our house.