And it's an not a very nice person move when you consider she's going to be getting that money from the rest of the family. I wonder how much allowance she got...or if she even got one from Watson. Or maybe she got two. Was that ever mentioned?
Post by dibblycool on May 29, 2007 12:54:43 GMT -5
I actually know a person in real life who had to pay for EVERYTHING throughout her childhood...and I'm talking, things like laundry detergent to wash her clothing! I can totally understand not wanting your kid to grow up spoiled and all that, but let's be reasonable! I don't think any child should ever be responsible for the so-called basics, i.e. food, clothing, utilities, etc. If you want the kid to pay for, or chip in for, extras, go for it...but not the necessities of life.
Re: Kristy having to pay for her own Christmas gift -- Was that someone just making a joke, or did that really happen? I've never read this one, so I have no idea. I wouldn't be surprised, though...seemed like the BSC always considered themselves gazillionaires because of their business, although they earned like, a dollar an hour.
I think if I'm not mistaken that the Kristy having to pay for her own Christmas gift was from the TV show when she wanted an expensive Baseball glove. Am I remembering wrong to think that it was $50 though? Because seriously her Step Dad's a Millionaire and her parents can't spend $50 on her for Christmas? It seems like that's the kind of thing parents say "Maybe for Christmas/your Birthday" about, or if they make you pay for half it's because there's no gift-giving occasion near by.
What book said something about Kristy having to pay for her own Christmas present??? My dad's jerky parents kind of did this once - the kids' gift was a trip to Florida and he couldn't/didn't want to go (had something he had to do here- he was a teenager) so they just gave him a pair of underwear for Christmas and nothing else. I thought that was horrible and making a kid pay for their own Christmas gift is just as bad. Doesn't seem like something Watson and Elizabeth would do as they aren't jerks like my "wonderful" grandparents ;D I would assume it was something like dawnomite said. What book is this mentioned in, though? I missed it.
In the tv show it was like kristy had just gotten a new one but she really wanted this one that just came out.
My sister is also seven but since she gets hannukah and christmas, plus has grandparents, great-grandmother, and wealthy gay friends of my parents with no kids of their own, she often mysteriously has more money than me, especially around holiday/birthday time.
"You may not believe this, but I was good at acting evil."--Karen Brewer
this was one of the last LS books that I read that I hadn't read before...karen's bike...I remember being a little bewildered about the bike thing (and yeah I had browsed through Karen's pony as well)...and then the poor girl got it stolen! oh dear dear dear dear. in a way i can see why they want to teach karen some responsibilities, have her work for it and all, some extra chores around the house. (though she's seven, she probably can't do a whole lot)...but the pony thing seemed to contradict it.
^ Totally agree. It seemed really out of character for him. But I'll have to reread and see if maybe there is some type of reason. Doubt it, though. Was this one ghost written? Were any of the LS books?
Post by wanderingfrog on Aug 3, 2007 23:16:28 GMT -5
I was flipping through Karen's Angel and it reminded me of the Karen paying for her bike thing. Her family expects a seven-year-old and a four-year-old to use their own money to pay for an angel to put on top of the family's Christmas tree? WTF?
"I'm tired of being a lovely lady. From now on I'm going to be a cat." ~ Melody Korman
Readthrough Progress: #126 The All-New Mallory Pike (January 1999)
^ Totally agree. Was just about to post another good one I found yesterday. In Karen's Doll Hospital, she and Natalie Springer use their own money to pay for supplies for their school project of making the Mayflower pole. Kids paying for homework. Maybe I'm spoiled but this seems really ridiculous.
Almost every parent I know - even those who are very poor, which Lisa and Watson certainly aren't - do. That's why I thought this was so ridiculous. It almost seems like making a kid buy their own food or pay rent or something. Sometimes I wonder what "message" AMM or the ghostwriters are trying to communicate. It gets annoying. Makes me wonder was AMM poor growing up or what was her financial background. Anyone have any idea?