Thursday, February 16, 2006
Invasion of the Purple dinosaur
I had lived in the same house with King's Wife and her daughters for about 5 years. When my nieces started watching TV, King's Wife bought loads of Barney VCDs for them
on purpose to drive us up the walls.
You can imagine the house was always filled with songs from Barney, and the silly sounding laugh of Barney every time my nieces conquered the TV (which was almost ever day!). Everybody was singing "I Love You, You Love Me.. yada yada ".
When all you get on TV was Barney, you lost interest in TV itself (no wonder I really don't watch that much TV, must be the post-Barney syndrome), and any appearance of him made you want to tear your hair and punch the wall.
For Zara, in the beginning, I only showed her Baby Einstein (she almost always falls asleep with this) and Wheels In The Bus.
One day while shopping in Singapore, I saw Barney's VCD going for S$1.99. Wow, what a great deal isn't it? So I bought 2. Since I bought, I might as well play it for Zara, give her a variety of programs to watch.
Big mistake! Now that she knows she can make her own decision (for choices like Bottle or Breast, Bread or Yogurt), she wants to decide what she should watch too. Every time when I asked her to choose a VCD to watch, she would go to her stack, pick up Barney, and shout "Money! Money! (her Barney)". Even when I play another program for her, she would continue to hold up the Barney VCD, and chant "Money! Money!" It is very difficult to get her to watch another program now.
When Helen's old house was invaded by termites, mine was invaded by the purple dinosaur. I can foresee it is here to stay for at least another 5years!
And guess who is going to inherit King's Wife's numerous Barney VCDs? Yikes!