Next time you think you’re smarter than a 6-year old, think again!
So, I’m driving my daughter and her pal around the other day and, over the sounds of Miley Cyrus singing Best Of Both Worlds, I hear a storm beginning to brew in the back seat.
Seems one of them is desperate to have the DVD player’s headphones on, while the other is even more desperate for sole possession of the Polly Pocket wrapper.
Now, this wouldn’t be news, but for the fact that…
We don’t have a DVD player in the car and the Polly Pocket dolls that formerly inhabited the plastic wrapper my daughter was clinging to had been lost months ago.
Are you getting this?
One girl sat defending her right to don useless headphones with her life, while the other scurried desperately to find some other worthless thing and endow it with breathless desire as a full-on defense to the former’s taunting.
Within seconds, both were screaming that the other wouldn’t let them play with the coveted toys.
So, we agreed on a negotiated-truce.
Headphone girl would sport her earwear for precisly 2-minutes, while garbage-wrapper girl fiddled with the plastic I never got around to throwing out for the same two minutes. Every 10-seconds, I was asked if it was time. And, every two minutes, on the button, for 20-minutes, a brokered-exchange took place.
Kind of funny, when you think how little kids can literally fabricate value at will. “Oh, they’re so silly,” we say. “So subject to their whims.” Of course, us grown-ups would never fall subject to such silliness…
But for the fact that it not about being kids, it’s about being human!
We’re all subject to the contrived perceived value bug. C’mon, what was the last designer thing you bought? How about your last gadget?
Any idea what the actual manufacturing cost of a pair of $800 Jimmy Choo’s, a $2,000 Gucci bag or $180 Nike kicks are? And, how much more functional are they than espadrils, a canvas tote and a pair of Cons?
We are all in the perceived value game together. The greater challenge is to see if, every once and a while, we can step back from what we consume and ask…
Is it really worth it, or I am just being Garbage-Wrapper Girl?
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