I was driving the other day when I heard on the radio that Katie Holmes was buying her daughter, Suri Cruise, a $24,000 playhouse for Christmas. I thought I was hearing things, so I had to come home and google it. Well, not only did I hear correctly, but I found out this “Suri dreamhouse” is equipped with running water, electricity, a sun room and eat-in kitchen. Not only is she getting this ridiculous house, but she is also getting a kids’ version of a Mercedes that is worth nearly 10 large, as well as an iPad mini and a Chloe fur coat.
After my eyes went back into my head, I had a WTF moment. With all that is going on in the world today, this really irked me (so, of course, I had to write about it). There are still Hurricane Sandy victims waiting to get running water and electricity. Heck, there so many homeless who would love to live in Suri’s new play gigs. There are twenty children in Newtown, CT, just around her age who will not have a Christmas because they went to school one day and never came home. Their classmates who survived the mass shooting are surely going to be scarred for life. I’m sure a $24,000 playhouse is so far off their radar right now. I’m sure some of them will just settle for a good night’s sleep without any bad dreams.
I know Suri is not the only celeb kid that will be spoiled this Christmas, but since this is the only one I’ve heard about, I’m picking on her. Sorry, Suri. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think all this stuff is necessary for a six-year-old girl. Come on, does she really need this? No. Does she want all this? Who knows. But, when you lay out this spread for this Christmas, how do you follow up next year? A Barbie penthouse, complete with a life size robot Barbie? I just don’t know.
I’m getting off my soapbox now, but I’m still fired up. When I hear things like this, my mind is boggled and I actually get kind of sad to think that kids need to be spoiled this way. This Christmas my kids are obviously not getting any houses they could actually rent to their friends, nor are they getting a better play car than my real car. I’m okay with that. They’ll be happy with what they get. They’ll be happy they have me. I’ll be happy I have them. These days, that’s all that matters.