When you live at my house, you come to expect strange comments. Not that my kids intentionally say odd, off-the-wall stuff. So I’m usually not surprised at any eccentric remark that might escape the lips of my son. There is almost nothing he can say anymore that can surprise me. Almost nothing.
But the other day, even I had to do a double-take when I heard my son say . . .
“Dad, don’t you think more people should get married in a Subaru?”
What the . . .
Not only did I not have a clue of what he was talking about. I didn’t even have an idea of what planet he was returning from.
I tried to remain calm, and kept in mind that the local mental health office was on speed dial. “What are you talking about?” I asked very cautiously.
And then he proceeded to explain. And, in his own 10-year-old way, it kinda, sorta made sense.
It turns out there’s a Subaru commercial that’s been on the air at some point in his life that talks about being in love with your car, or your cat, or some such thing. Anyway, he thought if Subaru put so much love into their cars, and IF people loved Subarus so much, then wouldn’t it make sense for people to get married in one.
Well, it made sense to him, anyway.
Now, you should know that I teach marketing, and I’m one of only about 48 people in the U.S. who actually watches commercials. (You know when you fast forward through commercials Which means my poor kids often have to suffer through all the ads as well.
Now I don’t want to go out on a limb here, but I’m thinking that maybe (just maybe) I’m subjecting him to a few too many ads.
So then he followed up the observation about wedded bliss in a Subaru with this question: other than a church, where would you like to get married?
Hmmmmm. That’s a good one. And here’s a question for you: where do you come UP with this stuff?!!
Well, I guess if I have to get married somewhere besides a church, a Subaru will work as well as the next place.
I’m just dreading the day when he asks me where I’d like to go on a honeymoon. And I’m hoping REAL hard he doesn’t suggest the backseat of that same Subaru.