Have you ever done something that you were so ashamed and embarrassed about that you felt like you couldn't tell anyone about it?
...but then you also had this nagging feeling that you should just get it off your chest by confessing it to somebody?
Here goes: last week while in the grocery store with Amelle, she picked out this cereal, "Magic Stars" - obviously our grocery store's generic equivalent to "Lucky Charms". She smiled as she brought forth the box for permission to enter our cart. That's just about the time I suffered my momentary lapse in sound judgement. "Amelle, you might want to get the Lucky Charms, they're probably much better than those". She shook her head. "Yeah, Amelle, I really think you'll like the Lucky Charms better, you don't want the generic brand" (my face was all scrunched up). Amelle whined "Mommmm, yeah, I do". That's when I caught a glimpse, out of the corner of my eye, of another shopper watching this ridiculous exchange.
I was instantly shamed.
I mean really, if the girl wants generic cereal, seriously, what do I care? She only eats those dehydrated marshmallows anyway.
And in these economic times, I should be glad she's being fiscally responsible.
I guess the worst part of all this is that I do buy generic substitutes. And I do believe that in many cases, there is nothing wrong with generic brands. In in one rare case,"Reduced Calorie Syrup" (wow, talk about an oxymoron), I actually prefer generic over the brand name!
But, there are limitations on generics. There are so, so many things that cannot be purchased as a generic:
...and cereal is on that list for me.
So, what's on your list of "acceptable generics" vs. "must have brand names"?