Kids As Consumer Durables (August 6, 2007)
The latest effort to “keep up with the Jones” apparently requires one to breed a brood. A program on NPR observed that some stay-at-home moms are not satisfied with two kids. They look around at their friends (competitors?) sporting a litter in tow. To affirm their life decisions, they are having three or four kids. Two kids, two cars. More kids; more cars. The reasons to have children are admittedly more complex than just competing with one’s neighbors.
Americans are consumed by their compulsion to keep up with the Jones. However, today the compulsion requires one not only to keep up with the Jones but also to vanquish them.
Bumper stickers of the week:
My larger covey of kids can beat up your covey of kids
All seven of my kids are on the honor roll at Benedict Arnold Middle School