I know that Mercury just got out of retrograde or something like that but I know I didn’t just see what I saw…
An exercise bicycle for KIDS, like toddler kids.
Yes, I saw an advertisement for it on TV. It powers some sort of video game.
Okay, this is wrong on so many levels.
Allow me to clarify and say that I do not have kids so I speak from very little experience. However, since when do kids need indoor exercise equipment? This is sort of a two-edged sword because adults really shouldn’t need them either but adults are off making money, paying bills, going to yoga classes, schmoozing and doing important grown-up stuff.
But kids? Kids with exercise equipment? That’s just wrong.
What happened to sending your kids into the yard with an old pot and two wooden spoons? What happened to digging holes and trying to strike water so that you could make a custom outdoor toilet that would really flush? (Okay, did NO ONE else try to do that?!?) What happened to good old bikes and games of chase and hide-n-seek? Do kids really not do those anymore?
I’m seriously asking because I don’t know but, if they don’t, that just seems so very sad to me. Those are all crucial parts of a good childhood. I mean, I know times have changed but when is enough enough? Don’t kids NEED pots and pans, dirt, fresh air, space to make noise and messes, books, wooden toys that don’t meow or bark… time to be just… kids? Don’t all kids need that, whether they are in the 17th century or the 21st century? Have I been this disillusioned all this time?
But on some very deep level I know that I’m not disillusioned enough to be okay with an advertisement for an exercise bike for kids. I’m just not.
I need to take my own advice for sure and I’m not shirking that but kids, lend me your ears and listen… Go forth and get the good, ol’ fashioned, fresh air exercise! The bike might look cool but sooner or later, it will just be another thing for the cat to sleep on and the clothes to hang on.
Trust me on this one.