The meaning of “mas” consumerism

I was hanging out in Santa Cruz with Andie for a family reunion recently and got to spend time with my cousin’s kid who is being partially reared by a latin woman who speaks almost exclusively espanol to the kid.  As such, Honor, when asking for more, says, “mas.”  It’s both cute and a precursor to what I’m sure will be an easy life of bilingualism that I could never muster, simply because I was raised by an American (thanks Mom).  But the other thing I was thinking about, man, these kids are starting early with the “more.”    That’s pretty much the only word that Andie knows, except for the occassional, mama, which she only calls me.   Forget blaming our financial institutions/guverment/bernie madoff/mass marketers, consumerism starts with survival.  Feed me more.

I for one am thinking about how I can dissuade Andie from a life of consumption.  God knows I need the flyest clothes, the most expensive designer luxury goods, and the most awesomest gadgets, but how can I get my kid to not want these things?  Deprivation seems extreme and potentially pointless, expect it would save me money so I could buy that new luxury good that I’ve always wanted?!?!?!

These kids will continue to ask for more until we find a way to stop them!


This post is pretty lame, but I figure I need to get back into this somehow.  I’ll try to write “mas” later.





5 thoughts on “The meaning of “mas” consumerism

  1. Sam August 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Good thing you got promoted recently, my man. Your girl makin’ you buck up, cowboy.

  2. graham August 25, 2011 at 12:20 am Reply

    you forgot the “mer” of your brother’s kids. but maybe you see that he has already transcended consumerism with his kids and the more of his kids is merely an expression of need, not want. mer mas more

    • seattlekungfoolery August 25, 2011 at 10:10 am Reply

      That was the deepest thing you’ve ever said, thanks for giving me mer to think about. And having hung out with your kids on this trip I am confident in saying they are not post-consumerism, they are in the thick of it! (see the joy of receiving Angry Birds on iPod touch)

  3. Kate Kurtz August 25, 2011 at 8:42 am Reply

    toddlers in bath tubs… cute. not lame.

    • seattlekungfoolery August 25, 2011 at 10:11 am Reply

      Thanks Kate, I know the cheapest way to validation, post cute pictures of your kids!

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