It's not that I have anything against it. I actually think it's been a great motivator, especially for our younger contingent. It's just that I've never really subscribed to the "everybody's doing it" philosophy, and so it serves as my own little personal form of rebellion to not participate. Like the western Mormon who flaunts that they have never been to Salt Lake City, or my friend at a party the other night who bragged about never having seen "Titanic". I seem to enjoy moments of not feeling like everybody else, which is why I've resisted a minivan all my life. (I live in Colorado and drive an SUV - I'm quite the rebel.) So in my twisted realm of definitive individuality, this is one more way I have chosen to dissent.
But it just won't die! This has been going on for so long now; it actually seems that "everybody's doing it" is not in fact a gross overgeneralization, and that resistance seems futile. And to be honest, I don't think I would give in if it weren't for the fact that my kids seem to be feeling left out. Conversations are erupting all around them that they can't relate to and they want to know what the fuss is all about. And if those conversations were about stupid things that kids do that mine don't understand because they are not stupid kids, that would be one thing. I could chalk that up to good parenting. But this? It's not actually harmful, and might even have the potential of being a good thing.
I'm talking about Harry Potter. I have enjoyed being able to say that I've never read a single Harry Potter book or attended a single Harry Potter movie. But I stand (sit?) before you today, humbled and forthcoming with my confession that I have officially lost my Harry Potter virginity. It's called "we were on a road trip and had to pass six hours of time during which we had nothing to talk about and 'Oh look! What's this? Well if it isn't the volume I book on tape of Harry Potter'."
The kids are hooked, so much so that they can't wait to get in the car. Which at this point may as well be traded in for a minivan.