This past Monday, I did feel like I was living the American Dream...shopping for licensed toys for my kids at Wal-Mart, Disney via Barbie, and Lego characters we saw on Netflix. After purging and decluttering so many of my kids' toys in preparation for a yard sale, I thought they could each use a new "something".
Carrick just recently got into "Ninjago", the computer animated Lego ninja series now available on Netflix. Thankfully, the show is still current enough that they sell Ninjago Legos at Wal-Mart. He has been playing on his "magic blanket" all week. (Magic Blanket is a fleece blanket we lay on the floor that has a pile of random and mixed-up Legos in the middle. When he's done playing we just gather up the corners of the blanket and the mess is "magically" picked up. Also, the blanket can travel from room to room that way, thus increasing its magical-ness.) He has been making his own version of the Ninjago characters with the random parts he has at his disposal. He inherited ALL of Corey's 1980's/90's Legos from his childhood, so he has a hoard of pirates, astronauts and knights to choose from.
|This is what the characters actually look like.|
|These are Carrick's versions of the character. See the throwing stars?|
While my kids played with their new toys, and I enjoyed my tidy house, thanks to their help, I sat down at the dining room table to begin this post: Living the Americone Dream. Yes, watching my kids play, free from danger or war. Typing on my new laptop about my day, pursuing happiness, living free. Isn't that what it's supposed to mean to live in America? Free to do what makes us happy and prosperous, so long as it doesn't infringe on anyone else's human rights? Free to play in the yard without tanks rolling through the streets, or threats of dictators? Free to eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's for lunch?
I thought if I threw that in there with all that other star-spangled stuff it might go unnoticed. Yes, I did that. That's what it means to be an American to me. I am free to eat Fair Trade Vermont's Finest for Lunch with Stephen Colbert winking at me after shopping at Wal-Mart. That's my Americone Dream.
Toys and ice cream at Wal-Mart- $21.00
Balance this Pay cycle- $79.00