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i wrote a song… in my mind

i want it now!

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this is my good friend veruca salt.  if you don’t know who she is, she’s not only the inspiration to the band that bears her name, but she is also one of the main characters in the original charlie and the chocolate factory.  personally i like this character.  not only because she has a pretty cool name, but also because we have something in common.

you see, when i was younger, i was that kid who had to get that toy he saw on the commercial.  i would beg my parents and make sure they knew that the last time i wanted something, they said, “next time”.  now it’s “next time” and i’m ready to cash in.  i was that kid who screamed in the store when i didn’t get some random product i saw on a shelf and wanted so badly ever since i just realized that it existed 2 minutes ago.  and the weird thing is, i’d want some of the weirdest things.  i can’t even think of the things i wanted they were so random.  i remember one thing though.  my mom would go to craft stores a lot and my sister and i would have to go along with her.  now, if you haven’t been to a craft store, you’re lucky.  although now i quite appreciate them when i have to make something creative.  let’s just say, whenever i go to a craft store now, i’m pretty much the only dude in there.  it’s full (well, not really full) of older moms working on a picture framing project or buying materials to help their kids with a school project of the solar system or something.  not really a place for kids, let alone a little, materialistic, spoiled boy.

so what exactly did i beg my mom for at the craft store?  cross-stiching patterns.  yup, that’s right.  those little pre-patterned stiching things with the different colored threads.  thank God my mom never got me one.  good parenting has saved me.  actually i think she bought me one but when she realized i wasn’t really interested and actually made a mess attempting to do it, she would buy one for me anymore no matter how much i begged. in my defense, i wanted it because it had a cartoon character on it, not because i wanted to stitch!

i think this trait has followed me into adulthood.  although not the same whiny kid buying random things from craft stores, i realized that i have a “i want it now” kind of attitude.  no matter what the cost is, i just want it now.  oh, did you say it was cheaper online?  well, i’ll still drive to the store to go buy it even though it costs $10 more just because i want it now.  kind of spoiled of me isn’t it?  the good news, i don’t buy stuff all the time.  otherwise i’d be in trouble.

on the flip side, i have moments when i’m incredibly thrifty.  do i want the ice cream that costs 2.59 or 2.49?  well, the 2.59 one tastes better, but man, 10 cents!!  but then other times i’m all about quality.  kroger brand cereal is freaking a dollar or 2 cheaper than regular post or kellogg cereals, but real apple jacks just taste better than “apple flavored crisp-o’s”.

i guess i’m all over the place when it comes to being a consumer.  but whatever it is i’m buying, i want it now!

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Written by enoch

October 15, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Posted in from my mind

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  1. I like the sound that the good egg / bad egg machine makes. HONK HONK!

    tonEX

    October 15, 2008 at 9:14 pm

  2. LOL,did not know egg machines honk

    baskinrobbinsicreamis about 2 buckaroos for 1 tinyscoop. 5 buckaroos for yummy coldstone icecream but coldstone just tast that much scrumptious!!

    Anonymous

    October 16, 2008 at 9:03 am

  3. i the “i want it now” mentality too!

    dtongkas

    October 16, 2008 at 9:21 am

  4. i hear you on this one. In fact, i think it is people like us that keep stores like best buy open.

    Andrew

    October 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm

  5. Lol at Andrew’s comment, but largely true.

    I suppose these consumer habits each individual has stems from economic circumstances while growing up. That’s evident in a whole generation (the silent generation?).

    Of course there are plenty of other factors why many of us tend to have this “I want it now” mentality. Media, credit, ease of buying, etc.

    For some it’s extremely easy to fight their impulsive tendencies, for others it’s easy to charge it. Discipline!

    dk

    October 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm


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