James and I have never gotten cable tv.
Oh, sure, we've watched it at hotels and such... you know, when it's FREE... but we've never had it in our home.
Which means that, whenever we're at a hotel, the boys have their little faces pressed against the cathode ray tube (or whatever newfangled stuff they use nowadays to make a tv picture) with drool hanging down their chins, mesmerized. Which works, because that's totally preferable to them fighting with each other over stupid stuff in close quarters. Go ahead, boys, melt your brains. Want some sugary snacks with that?
So, anyway, recently the reality tv show "Say YES to the Dress!" was on. If you haven't seen it, it's basically a show taped in a super expensive wedding dress store, and it follows bridezillas on their quest for The Perfect Wedding Dress. Which is always absurdly, insanely, offensively expensive. Of course.
Matthew, my 17 year old son, was walking through the room while the show was on, and then he and I had the following conversation:
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Show announcer person: ...And, so, 22-year-old bride Debbie is hoping to stay within her target price point of five thousand.
Matthew (horrified): Five THOUSAND?!
Matthew: On a DRESS?!
Matthew (incredulous, as you can see): Which she will only wear ONCE?!?!
Me (tired of repeating myself for questions that are, most likely, rhetorical in nature at this point): *silence*
Matthew: Oh HECK no! I'd tell her: Girl, you can totally just wear... I don't know... you can wear, like, TOWELS or something!
Me (amused, picturing this conversation in real life): Towels?
Matthew (almost pleading): But...they're soft! And white! Couldn't some dress-maker-person just sew towels together and make them into a dress?
Me (speechless, and also contemplating the huge level of REALITY my son will be getting in the years to come): *silence*
Matthew: Okay, well, then, can you, like, BUY a dress but then sell it to someone the next day for almost exactly what you paid for it?
Me: *silence with a touch of smirk*
Matthew (continuing with the pleading): But if I bought her a nice ring, would THAT be enough? At least a ring would last longer than a dress you wear once?!
Matthew: WHY does she have to have a dress anyway? That's just STUPID.
**Matthew huffs in an exasperated manner and exits stage left**
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Refer back to the title of this blog post.