This is my least favorite of all my kid’s toys.


It’s a Peppa Pig flip phone in a smartphone world. It’s not that I hate Peppa Pig. The show is actually much better than I thought it would be (granted, I had really low expectations). And I have a really high tolerance for toys that make annoying noises. She has a lot of them. She has a Sesame Street TV remote with Elmo. She has toy microphones. One plays animal noises that sound more like toilets flushing and another plays Let it Go on a loop. But for all of these toys, when she stops playing with them, the toy gives a cute goodbye message and goes into a sleep mode, and we can get on with the next activity.

Not Peppa.

Yeah, eventually she’ll shut up, but not before the phone rings. You have to ignore Peppa calling back before it goes in the sleep mode and Peppa says “bye for now!” You have to basically let Peppa go to voice mail. You can’t just close the flip phone. You have to deliberately miss the call before Peppa stops talking to you.

And I’m just thinking, why is it teaching her to ignore people? Of all the above annoying toys I mentioned, this is the only one purchased in the UK. Is this a cultural difference? Because this is how I see British people interacting (or not interacting) with others. I see people I recognize or know walking down the street, looking anywhere to avoid making eye contact. Phone calls and texts go ignored as they ghost me. I wonder if this is normal, if this is how people make friends here. My son’s best friend’s mother wouldn’t talk to me until after I snubbed her back, looking deliberately away when I saw her at the school yard. I guess growing up I missed the lesson that we should ignore our friends, having played with toys that didn’t make my heart grow hard listening to their cries as they begged for my attention.

About emmawolf

I'm a freelance writer living in Baltimore with my husband, son, and two cats. I'm working on editing my first novel. I love reading, traveling, and the cello.
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