By Mary Friedel-Hunt
I think I have seen everything and then ... I realize I will never have seen it all. Today I got an ad in my email, something I hate seeing in my inbox, by the way. This ad caught my attention. I had just finished a conversation with someone about how our country can barely tolerate silence and solitude, came home and found an ad for a toothbrush that apparently has a computer chip in it so it plays a song sung by the current tweenie and teen idol. It lasts 120 seconds which, I guess, is how long dentists recommend kids brush their teeth. So now our kids need entertainment (and noise) in order to get their teeth brushed.
I know I sound old or at best out of it, but our kids are exposed to noise all day long. They wake up and leap to their laptops or iPods introducing music into what was a lovely quiet house. Of course the TV is already on in the kitchen where mom (or dad) is perhaps making coffee or, better yet, breakfast. Then into the bathroom they go and pick up their musical toothbrush as the music in the bedroom continues to play. In the meantime, siblings in other spaces do the same.