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Vuvuzelas! Kids Love 'Em!

Updated on November 6, 2015

Oh, lordy, who isn’t familiar with that high-pitched drone by now?  I’m not talking about the singing voices of entrants to American Idol either – I mean the soundtrack to the World Cup.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about by now, then you must be living in a hole in the ground with a dustbin lid pulled over on top!

Vuvuzelas

Credit: whatleydude Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Credit: whatleydude Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

What I’m talking about is the vuvuzela, the squeaky, noisy, child-like ‘musical instrument’ that is a traditional accompaniment to major sporting events in South Africa – apparently.  How did we survive this long in the rest of the world without knowing that fact, or indeed without the vuvuzela?  It’s the World Cup that’s to blame: if it hadn’t been for South Africa being chosen as the location of the foremost worldwide major football event this year, then we might have continued in blissful ignorance of the very existence of the vuvuzela.  And my, what bliss that would have been, however unknowing!

Do Your Kids Want A Vuvuzela?

Are your kids hooked into the new craze? Do they have a sudden enthusiasm for all things soccer-related – and most especially musical instruments? Let me guess – your kids are nagging your for their very own vuvuzelas! How did I guess? Well, it’s a pretty fair bet – kids all over the country – dammit, all over the world – are now spending every waking minute nagging their parents for a vuvuzela. Why should your kids be any different?

Of course, the big question is – are you going to give in! Do you know what you’re letting yourself in for? And – once you’ve given in (notice the assumption I’m making there?) how are you going to exercise control over when, how and for how long they play on the dratted things? Maybe you should be checking your housing association and local governmental authority for their rules and regulations on noise pollution… and possibly consulting with your neighbours too. Maybe your neighbours are having the same problem – you could band together in a new support group, ‘Parents Against Vuvuzelas’! Representatives of PAV, stand up for your rights (and play your vuvuzelas just to emphasize your points).

Oh what the heck – if your kids manage to talk you into buying vuvuzelas for them, at least there’s the notoriously short attention span of children and teenagers to rely on. Maybe you’ll only be deafened for a day or two before they go on to the next thing!

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