Daily Chicken Scratch

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Well folks, the merchandising blitz affectionately referred to as “the holiday season” is fast approaching.
Soon people will be stampeding their local grocery stores, like a pack of wild dogs, to grab up that one special turkey that has been forced fed hormones and steroids, so that they have a fine feast. The tables will be filled with the green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, graving and cranberries. This will then be followed by, zoning out in front of a television in a tryptophan-induced daze, watching a football game that surprisingly will have meaning this year (Packers-Lions).
Then once the pounds of food have digested and you don’t feel as if you were the actual stuffed turkey, it hits you…it’s time to shop!
The next morning you are stuffing yourself into a pair of old sweatpants so you can be the first shopper in the store when it opens at 5 a.m. You want to buy everything in sight to make sure your family members have the most memorable holiday season.
And this is where I am going to stop and ask the question, is anyone concerned about the safety of the products they are buying or does the shear thrill of finding that “perfect” gift that Little Timmy wants supercede the fact that 2 months ago the same item was being recalled from the toy manufacturer because it contained lead paint.
I know that most everything is made in China, but is anyone going to avoid giving their children Elmo, Dora or Sponge Bob toys because they are fearful they may be tainted with lead?
The other day, I went into a Toys R Us looking for ideas for my daughter for Christmas and as I was walking in a very personable employee greeted me. This employee came up with the standard “Thank you for coming to Toys R Us”. She then asked, “Is there anything I can help you find today”. In the back of my mind the perfect response popped up. I was going to ask her to show me where the “lead-free” or “Made in America” toys were but to avoid being whacked by my wife I kept my mouth shut.
Anyhow I just wanted to see if any other people out there were concerned over the safety issues with kids items.
Looks like my daughter is going to be getting a lot of really fun pairs of socks to play with this year.


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