Olivia caught me off guard the other night while we were sitting next to each other in my bed, me on my laptop, Olivia watching TV. I was trolling through Facebook, not paying attention to what was happening on the TV when my girl asked me about a commercial that she’d just seen. “Mom, what’s that stuff?” I looked up and asked, “What are you talking about?” She went on the describe one of those annoying KY Jelly commercials that air all times of the day. I feigned ignorance, and continued staring at my computer screen. A few days later we were sitting on the couch and the same commercial came on and Miss Olivia pointed it out, reminding me that this was the commercial she was talking about the other night. I didn’t want t lie, so I simply told her I wasn’t sure what KY Jelly was and I’d have to look it up. I promised to get back to her when I found out.
Back in the ‘70s when I was a kid, you never would’ve caught a sexual lubricant commercial on television before 10pm, or better yet, it probably would have never hit the airwaves at all. I often find myself longing for those good old days, when it seemed easier to shield children from the overt sexualized, dysfunctional, coded messages flooding our airwaves. I miss TV mothers like Carol Brady and Florence Evans. Olivia regularly checks out TLC and feels bad that Jon & Kate Plus 8 divorced.
Loverman and I had a good laugh at the spot Olivia put me in over that damn commercial and he went on to tell me that when he was younger and asked his mom to explain things, she would often tell him to go and look it up. Looking it up for Loverman would sometimes require him to go to the library, scour the card catalog and sometimes ask the librarian for assistance in understanding the Dewey Decimal System before he found the answer. Oftentimes, Loverman said the thought of having to put forth such effort would diminish his need to know. Now, when we tell Olivia to look it up, she grabs her netbook and googles the answer she’s looking for in less than 10 minutes. Boy, have times changed!