Yesterday morning Scott decided to go outside before the bus came to get some fresh air and calm his nerves a bit. It was pretty cold out so he put on a hat and gloves and then grabbed his basketball. As I was prodding Jane, aka The Dawdler, to get ready in time for the bus pick-up, Scott came barging back into the house.
"Mommy! You know how on TV they say, 'Call your doctor if you experience a sudden drop in blood pressure'? Well, I think that's happening to me, because my face is all red and I feel like the blood is dropping out of it!"
I tried to keep a straight face, knowing exactly where he heard "that" on TV.
"Oh, no, you're fine. You just feel that way because it is so cold outside. That TV commercial is talking about something that would happen to a grown up if they took that medicine."
With that he calmed down, grabbed his backpack, and ran outside to catch the bus.
And I was left to wonder if tomorrow he'd ask:
"Mommy! You know how on TV they say to call your doctor if you experience an erection lasting for more than four hours?"
Anyone who watches sports with their child will know what I am talking about here and how completely annoying it is to be inundated with these commercials. I understand that the advertising dollars are lucrative, but wouldn't it be great if you could enjoy sports with children without having to feel like they see so much inappropriate garbage? Cialis, Viagra, beer commercials, violent movie previews, news of sports stars being charged for sexual assault, the list goes on and on. Matt and I have wondered why ESPN can't just have an ESPN For Kids station, I'd even pay for it, like I do for HBO, where parents would know that their kids, who love to watch sports, could view safely. Now how do I make that happen before my kid starts asking me about Erectile Dysfunction?
*** Oh, and as another aside, "Viagra" doesn't even come up on spell check because apparently it is so well known that it is in dictionary!