The end is near! Or maybe the beginning. I’m not sure. All I know is that the news on Friday seemed to signal the end of American life as we’ve known it for, oh, my entire life and then some.
First, there was the report of “the latest bank robber,” this one wearing a Darth Vader mask. In previous weeks, there have been reports of a bank robber who hides his face with a bouquet of flowers, and an elderly gentleman in a checkered jacket with liver spots on his hands, lugging an oxygen tank while holding up a bank in San Diego.
Then, in the very same newscast, a New York City official of some sort — I didn’t catch the details as I was trying to get the Star Wars “Evil Empire” theme song out of my head — implored people to “please take the money out of your mattresses and put them in a bank.”
What to tell the kids? Do we keep on prepping them for a future that’s like our past? Do we send them to college for liberal arts degrees so they can be “well rounded” individuals?
Or do we start teaching them Mandarin and send them for degrees in technology, because by the time they get out of school, the only jobs they’ll be able to get will be half-way around the world and involve bringing the next iPadish item to the growing middle class in Shanghai?
Or do we just get them Darth Vader masks?
Yet, I do believe that the bad economy is, in some ways, good for parenting — and for our kids. If you missed why, here it is, and today, it’s FREE!
Share, share: What do you think? Is the economy good or bad for parenting?