24/7. Remember. It was, and maybe still is, an idea that we must be productive every minute, every day of our lives. Even our down time had to be filled with intense activities. If you read a book, you must analyze it, dissect it, rank it, review it, and give it a star.
Looking at the whole 24/7 idea, I wonder how much came from Madison Avenue and the Ad Mongers. After all, if you can keep people in a constant state of busy, you can get them to consume, consume, consume. In other words, buy, buy, buy.
One of the downsides of this is we, or at least I, actually run out of time to do other important and enjoyable activities. Cooking is one. I used to love to cook. And I went out and u-picked veggies and fruit and preserved them myself. I made dilled green beans and corn relish. I canned pears and tree ripened peaches. I dried and froze other wonderful foods. I was creative and inventive with our foods.
But I ran out of time. And in a 24/7 world, concessions had to be made. Thus, more processed food came into our life. And no matter what the label said the ingredients were, it never tasted as good as what I made following my Mom’s and Grandma’s recipes.
Plus, life became a constant battle of weight and health issues. All those chemicals put into boxes of flour, cereal, cookies, breads, cake mixes, and all those chemicals put into canned food just cannot be healthy. And no matter how hard I tried, they had a funny aftertaste.
So, a pox on Madison Avenue. I don’t need to buy and try all those food products full of all those chemicals. As a matter of fact, I don’t need to buy all those clothes, all those shoes, all those gadgets and doo-dads that clutter the house. Ad Mongers, take your advertizing and stuff it.
Me. I’m going to go outside and putter in the yard. Then I’ll do some SCBWI stuff and a bit of writing. In there will be a nice salad for dinner and a bit of tidying around the house. Not too much. Not too little. But just right.
And a bath. I feel a bubble bath is in my future as is a nap.