There are milestones in your child's life that you chronicle with scrapbook pages, photo sessions, even videos. And then there are milestones that, while they tug just as hard on the heartstrings, just don't have a Hallmark card for the occasion.
Such is the milestone of choosing your first deodorant.
While in Target today, Zack expressed interest in choosing a signature scent. He doesn't stink. I don't think he even needs this particular milestone yet. But what the heck. Let's go.
When faced with the aisle, nay, gargantuan wall that has become body care products, Zack immediately zoned in on .... Old Spice.
"Oh honey, you don't want that!" I said, imagining some serious repercussions of going to school smelling like Grandpa's Christmas gift circa 1975.
"But I like the commercials!" he said. This rather startled me, since we usually watch TiVo'd things and speed through the commercials, but apparently that particular marketing campaign had done its duty.
For some UNKNOWN reason, Zack has decided that one day he wants to go to Fiji. I told him we would do that as soon as he would live on something other than peanut butter sandwiches and pizza. Lo and behold, Old Spice makes a deodorant named "Fiji", and it smells like fresh sheets. Zack loved it -- score one for Old Spice.
Out of curiosity, though, he asked what the regular Old Spice smelled like, since I had such a violent no-no-no reaction. I opened the lid and obliged.
Zack recoiled like he'd been stung. "Why the heck would anyone want to smell like that?????" he asked.
Crisis averted. (And Zack just now said, "ONLY Fiji, Mom. Tell them ONLY Fiji."
I just love that kid.
And here is a collection of Old Spice commercials for your enjoyment.
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking here. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party tm and author of the book Bead Soup.
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