Wednesday, January 6, 2010

This McDonald's World

Whenever I am in the car by myself, which so rarely happens, I like to listen to NPR. Today on the way to my pseudo-job I heard them interviewing economists regarding the end of "this recession".

Now is it just me or are too many Americans asking for a quick fix? One of my neighbors had a bumper sticker on his car six months ago that said, "How's that hopey, changey thing working for you?" Seriously!!!

When the stock market crashed in 1929 did Americans turn around 6 months later and ask why things weren't better than before? Who are we to think that things are going to turn around in a minute - we are the instant gratification generations.

Nothing should take more than a nano-second and nothing should be out of reach. Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Starbucks, and Target signs line the interstates because you can find one on every corner. Third-graders are talking, texting, and downloading during recess.

I don't want to rant and rave so heartily that Homeland Security flags my blog. We are suppose to travel this summer and I would hate to find out too late that I have been added to the no-fly list as a potential person of interest.

Maybe it is becoming a mother that has changed my view on things so drastically. I called my mom today and spent a full 30 seconds on the phone completely speechless because my brain was just stuck. The hourglass just kept spinning and spinning, my mother finally said, 'I'll call you later" and hung up. I stood there holding the phone while the hourglass spun another 30 seconds, I swear.

So who am I to fault President Obama for not having things fixed yet. He did have a lot on his plate - what with World Peace, a War, the Economy, Health Care, the Energy Crisis, was there anything else? Oh yeah, A New Puppy! That would be enough to send me over the edge.

I guess the other issue I have is Americans asking everyone else to fix it. We broke it. If my children break something or spill something I make them take responsibility for the mess. I think it is about high time we all take more responsibility for the mess that we are in and start cleaning up a little bit. Just one mother's opinion.