Very recently I went to Wal-Mart in search of a valve-less sippy cup. (Those valves accumulate crud, are difficult to clean, and disappear into the bowels of our home.)
So, a valve-less sippy it was. I found several, but they were each emblazoned with various cartoon characters. I like cartoons. I even enjoy some appropriate marketing, but ... I generally avoid purchasing branded goods for Olive.
That is, a shirt from the GAP is ok, but a shirt that says GAP is not on my list. Seriously, the GAP doesn't pay us to advertise for them. That probably makes me a fun killer.
However, I ended up with a Minnie Mouse sippy set. (Which, by the by, Olive LOVES.) The cashier commented on my cute cup. I smiled and chatted with her, sharing my anti-advertising philosophy. We laughed, I paid, and I left the store. On my way outside, I passed a big, shiny glass window, and I looked at my reflection in the glass.
Wanna know what shirt I was wearing?
The patriotic Mickey Mouse shirt I bought to wear on the fourth of July.
Yup. I totally had a "do as I say, not as I do" moment. It was not the first such moment, and I'm sure it won't be the last. But crow sure tastes crummy.