Sunday, May 17, 2009

Can't Touch This


"Can we go to the toy store? We don't want to go to Walmart, they don't let us ride their bikes."

A few weeks ago, we were doing a little shopping at Walmart. One of the enticements for the boys to endure the trek was to visit the aisle with the bikes. Numerous occassions we have stopped by to allow them to test drive their birthday wishes. Up and down the aisle, imagining the wind in their hair on the open road, lyrics from "Born to be Wild" spinning through their heads.

This day, the needle scratched across the record, when one of the "associates" informed us that bike riding was not appropriate until after we purchased and left the store. We were "supervised" as we replaced the bike on it's hook, where it hung lonely amongst the crowd of its peers. Look but don't touch, see but don't experience. The whirring of the cameras, hidden in their dark bubbles, followed us out the door, our hands burried in pockets so as not to accidentally graze the wares.

Opinions are formed early in young minds, creating habits in spending and otherwise. Now they do not want to go to Walmart, ever. It makes me wonder about other environments that they find themselves in; school, church, home. When we are defined more by what we will not allow them to do, it's no wonder they don't want to be there.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go back to walmart. Take a camera. (They don't allow that either... trust me). Film the ride. Youtube it.


-DF

willow said...

Thought provoking post, Brian.

Leah said...

That is so disappointing, seemingly a rule just for the sake of having a rule.

I hate rules like that.

Just sorta kills the fun in life.

Cinnamon said...

Ah you have just made me feel very guilty! I have spent the weekend grumping at my teen boys and their friends. I AM that Walmart shop assistant, trying to impose rules!!

I don't suppose my boys' friends will want to come back here either...

Matt Kuchera said...

I had a similar experience with a woman in a furinature store about a chair, instead of leaving I stayed to ask questions. I wondered why I would buy something that I'm going to sit in for years to come and spend lots of money on to buy, without first sitting in it. She said those are the rules, and then I told them I would never be back. Same thing with a bike. It's not a box of tissues, just grab and go, it's something you have to be comfortable in...terrible, i'm sorry about that. by the way don't pick up produce in the grocery store to see how fresh or ripe it is...just kidding. ps the Machine is Back

Dot-Com said...

Imagine if they said that to you when wanting a new car. No test drive, you can try it after you pay! Off to the toy store with the boys then, I'm sure :-)

Marianna said...

And they wanna sell things? No wonder your boys don't wanna go back there. Overprotection leads to...loneliness (when it comes to ourselves), guess the same goes with store(shelves):)

Have a great week lol
xoxo

Candie Bracci said...

Great thoughts Brian!Have a great day :)

Daniel said...

Sounds like you are part of a family of law breakers to me. You all better clean up your acts before you land in the pokie. (P.S. Love the picture by the fountain.)

subtorp77 said...

"lonely amongst the crowd of its peers". I like that...and many a time I've had a scene like this and won't return( for a while, at least ). With our local Target it was what they didn't allow out-side the store.

Brian Miller said...

@subtorp - need a blog post on the "things out-side". intrigued.

@daniel - actually a descendant of william the conqueror, so i led a raucus band in to overthrow the store...ok, i actually modeled graceful obedience for the boys, while my inner conqueror yelled at me. lol.

@candi - have a great monday!

@marriana - your comment is gold. may have to steal that one for a talk some time.

@dot com - frustation would be at an all new level...

@matt - glad the machine is back. great post today. you mean i can't squeeze the fruit at the grocery...i am so busted!

@cinnamon - I am sure you are not known for it...sorry. : )

@leah - some rules i get...they keep you safe...others, hmmmmm

@willow - ty

@DF - i am glad in some ways that technology had not caught up with us...imagine we would have gotten in more trouble if we would have had youtube...

Lover of Life said...

How are they supposed to know if that is the right bike to buy? And I agree with you - negative feedback often leaves exaggerated memories.

Beautiful fountain and boys pic. Thanks.

Ronda Laveen said...

Spoil sports!

Tom said...

Truth be told...you don't want to buy a bike at Wal-mart anyway...they are inexpensive because they are cheap and cheaply made...if your boys are anything like you, then they will probably destroy the Wal-mart bike in a matter of days.
Btw, 'Taken' was pretty good, standard action movie.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

walmart...just say no....

love the pic....such cute guys!

Rita said...

I don't like Walmart and I've never tried to ride one of their bikes.