By Diane Ako
In the morning, I have Olivia feed the three pets before she can turn on PBS Kids. Now and then, a station promo comes on that starts with PBS Hawaii president Leslie Wilcox. Media powerhouse Wilcox is a former colleague of mine; most locals will remember that she anchored at KHON2 for many years before moving on to PBS.
I like Leslie a lot. Everyone likes Leslie. One day when the promo started, I told Olivia, "Look, there's Mommy's friend."
The promo quickly cut to other video to show the different programming the station offers. By the time Olivia looked at the screen, the next section of video was a cartoon. "You know Cat in the Hat?" she asked. "Wow!"
That was a fun TV moment. Here is a less fun TV moment:
In Safeway the other night, Olivia was helping me put the groceries on the belt. As she placed the fruits down, she said, "These kiwis, sponsored by... kiwis!"
It was so randomly funny, both the lady behind us and I turned to look at Olivia. Sponsored by?
"What did you say, Hon?" I asked, because I just wanted to be sure I had heard correctly. She realized she had said something funny, and tried to one-up herself. "PBS Kids, sponsored by!"
Nothing makes me feel like a worse parent than to know the capitalist machinery is already at work with my child. The deeper implication, of course, is that I'm such a bad mom, I'm letting the TV babysit my kid. Working mom guilt! I suck!
I know PBS is non-profit and I have paid attention since, so I think the wording is actually, "Support for this program comes from..." That means she got the "sponsored by" wording from another TV show. See above, re: sucking.
Am I horrible for turning on the TV so she can stay out of my hair for 15 minutes while I make her lunch and get myself ready for work? Will she still grow up to be a well-balanced adult who doesn't hate her parents? Am I overthinking this?
*sigh* If nothing else, at least it's PBS.
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