Sophie Discovers Commercials

Sophie: “Mommy, did you know there’s something on TV called a PackIt?”

Me: “What’s that?”

Sophie: “It’s for when you go on picnics and if the PackIt is cold it keeps food that needs to be cold really, really cold.”

Me: “Oh?”

Sophie: “And guess where you keep it?”

Me: “Where?”

Sophie: “In your refrigerator.

Me: “Oh.”

Sophie: “And guess what?”

Me: “What?”

Sophie: “If you drop it, it won’t break. And it won’t spill! And there’s a bottle that comes with it. And a container.”

Me: “Oh.”

Sophie: “Do you know where I learned that?”

Me: “Where?”

Sophie: “On the TV. I learned that on the TV.”

Me: “Sophie, do you know what a commercial is?”

Sophie: “Uh-uh. I don’t.”

Me: “Do you think someone was trying to sell you that PackIt?”

Sophie: “I’m not sure.”

Me: “Is it something you want to buy?”

Sophie: “Uh-huh.”

Me: “Why?”

Sophie: “Because then we can take cold stuff that needs to be cold to a picnic!”

Me: “What about just getting ice from the freezer and using that?”

Sophie: “We won’t need ice for it!”

Me: “No, I mean, what about using ice from the freezer instead of the Packit?”

Sophie: “I don’t know what you mean.”

Me: “What if, we took ice from the freezer, put it in a plastic bag or cooler, and used that to keep our food cold? Then we wouldn’t have to buy a Packit. Do you think that’s a good idea?”

Sophie: “Mm-hmmm. Can I watch a movie now?”

“In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn’t danced on TV.” —Erma Bombeck