Sunday, November 4, 2007

You Deserve Nice Things

TLC is on quite a bit in our home and occasionally we're too lazy to change the channel when What Not To Wear comes on. Ok, I have to admit that sometimes we don't want to turn it off. It's mildly entertaining in the same way that watching a yak eating an entire bucket of KFC chicken is entertaining (I'm not sure what that means).

So, the other day the WNTW folks are poisoning the mind of helping this thirty-something year old mother of four by changing her entire wardrobe with the magic of a huge wad of cash (I think they give them $5000 to purchase clothes). While Clinton, the male co-host, is scolding this hardworking, good-spirited mom for settling for inexpensive, comfortable clothes he gives her this sage advice...(paraphrased)

"You're a mother of four and I know that means finances are tight, but you just have to tell yourself that you deserve nice things."

AMEN!!!! That's it. Americans are losing their houses to foreclosure like never before in this country and we continue to spend money that we don't have and fall into financial crisis. But if we can just remember that, "we deserve nice things" we'll be fine--and we'll look good to boot.

12 comments:

Mayhem And Miracles said...

It's O.K. They probably use our taxes to pay for their therapy. You know, that 1/3 our income we pay for the "privilege" of going to work everyday working our blue collar tushi's off. Sheesh! This post is so true.

Sniz said...

If I were writing this post, I'd comment about how morally WRONG it is to give someone 5,000.00 to spend on CLOTHES! How about helping them pay the mortgage or buy food or gas, or even to upgrade their microwave or living room furniture...something they could really use that the whole family could enjoy. But oh no, 5000.00 for CLOTHES is HELPING them! I mean, excuse me if I'm wrong, but what is this teaching our kids? I call paying 500.00 for a pair of jeans "irresponsible", when you can get a perfectly cute, good pair cost 39.95 at the Gap. This show flies in the face of everything we are trying to teach our kids.

Me said...

I have never heard of the show but if that is what you look like after their makeover...NO THANKS!

Robotface Shumway (Big Doofus) said...

And let me just defend my wife (Ms. Sniz) before you draw any conclusions. I cannot remember the last time she spent even $39.95 on a pair of jeans. She's pretty resourceful when it comes to getting clothes--even though she deserves nice things.

Toni in the midst said...

A friend of a friend was on the show (nice Kevin Bacon, eh?)Anyway, I love Stacy and Clinton's cartoon characterish enterntainment ("Shut..up," says Stacy.) But the whole "you deserve nice things" comment is so typical of them. So materialistic. Oh, the simplistic beauty of days gone by. Sigh.
Blessings,
~Toni~

Uvulapie said...

Oh yeah... well MY WIFE makes jeans for the family by crushing fibers from leftover decorative corn stalks and then painstakingly weaving them, dying them (after growing the dye-producing plants in our victory garden), cutting, sewing, etc. If you homeschool and don't make your own clothing (plus bake your own bread daily, write your own textbooks, and start your own church) then you are LOSERS!

Me said...

YOU ARE PRACTICING POLYGAMY AND DIDN'T TELL ME?

Robotface Shumway (Big Doofus) said...

Practicing? He's a pro.

scott said...

Back off, grandpa. I *DO* deserve nice things. Why should my kids have food on the table when I deserve a new pair of pants?

Actually, I can never find clothes in my size anymore, so I've resorted to wearing fig leaves and a burlap sack. Now at The Gap for just $39.95.

Uvulapie said...

$39.95 is a great price for just about anything. My last pair of hip waders cost $39.95 and now I can afford to keep my family in fish scale shoes. Alligator skins got nothing over bluegill.

Me said...

Well, he learned it by watching you.

Wani said...

I totally understand and agree with what you were saying with this post.... however the principals that they teach these people of dressing for our body type, etc are simple enough can often be achieved without spending more money on clothes, just making better clothes choices. And I know plenty of people that I'd love to take to GoodWill or the clearance rack at OldNavy and help them with their "look". Another fashion show "Look for Less" (or something like that) takes a picture of an outfit straight off of a fashion runway that costs thousands of dollars and they help someone recreate the look for much much less (usually within normal people's price range). Anyway.... thats all...