The Joys of TV

When I was a kid, I loved watching TV.  I spent as much time as I possibly could with Gilligan, Speed Racer, Gopher, and Gage.  I dreamed of living on the ranch with Little Joe or hanging out with Laura on the Prairie.  Life was good. 

Then one day, the TV died yet again.  My cruel and uncaring  wise  and concerned parents decided that we didn’t need it and simply wouldn’t get it fixed.  It was really hard at first.  I had no idea what I could possibly do to fill up my endless days.  (You can only beat up on your baby brother for so long before it gets boring).  We took to playing in the canyons across the street from our house and then discovered the joys of reading.  I realized that watching TV wasn’t nearly as entertaining to me.

After I had my own children, I quickly realized that simply placing a book in their hands would only result in torn  and drool filled pages .  Even reading the books to them could only keep their attention for so long.  So I did what the other responsible parents I knew were doing.  I plopped them in front of the TV and  turned on PBS. (We all know how educational that is.)

This summer, much to my amazement, the girls haven’t really been begging to watch TV as much as they have in previous years.  I’ve been astounded at how content they have been to have their noses buried in a book.  (Or on the computer, but we won’t go there) I was so proud of them for finally giving up what seems to be one of the major pastimes of our culture. 

My pride was short-lived when the reason behind this sudden lack of interest in TV was revealed.  Apparently, something had happened and we were only getting about ten (very boring) channels.  After a month or so of whining about this to their dad (They know better than to ask me to do anything technical!) Shaun finally took a look at it.  In about three minutes our electronic genius had diagnosed and resolved the problem. 

The girls were thrilled beyond belief and eagerly started flipping channels to verify that it really, truly was fixed.  I was drawn in by the giggles of my little (ish) girls and joined them on the couch.  We stayed up waaaayyy too late feasting our eyes on the likes of High School Musical 2 (It wasn’t nearly as bad as I  thought…well…OK, it was but still…) and Hannah Montana.   

It may not be the same as hanging out with Gilligan and the gang, but it is hanging out with my girls.  Life is good.

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Bit O Life

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Mimi (who is not watching TV, but is learning to embroidery.  Buddy is there for technical assistance. 

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24 Responses to The Joys of TV

  1. Jeff says:

    Funny thing is just before I plopped down to read blogs I went about 3 rounds with my daughter as to why her TV watching has been cut WAY back since she is back in school

  2. gawilli says:

    Ah yes. Life is very good. I hardly watch tv any more, but then I find myself sitting in front of a screen of another kind. I miss those days when I sat on the couch with my kids and watched tv. Enjoy them while they are here!

  3. Stephanie says:

    It’s not the tv around here either…it’s the computer. Thank goodness we are back up to 2 of ’em. I was about to KILL PEOPLE!!!

    Mimi looks so cute! Kyrin totally stole my Subversive Cross Stitch book and has made several things out of it. She is even asking me to teach her how to knit. What has happened to these kids?!?! Not that I’m complaining!!!!!!

  4. Diesel says:

    You know, I watched an unhealthy amount of TV as a kid, but somehow I was a big reader too. I’m not sure how I had time for both. Oh wait, I never did any schoolwork.

  5. Jay says:

    I don’t watch much network TV. There really isn’t anything all that original on. Most of the better programming is on Showtime and HBO. I don’t get either so I have to wait until it comes out on DVD.

    I will say that when I find I show I like to do tend to really get into it and make sure never to miss an episode. Mostly though I catch shows in re-runs or syndication.

  6. Dorky Dad says:

    Smart kids, going to dad like that.

    I still have a tough time believing that 10 channels is considered a small number … and it’s been like this for years. Back in The Day I would have flipped even our four measly channels.

  7. Yes wonderful life Susan.

    Embroidery is difficult. Mimi is great

  8. Peggy says:

    My parents did the same thing to US! We had no TV for a few years in our house. I used to wail that I would be a social outcast. I wasn’t. I survived. Now I threaten the same thing on my own children.

  9. coffespaz says:

    Funny how we get sucked in sometimes. I didn’t watch much TV while growing up either, I guess we had the same parents. Of course, once I left home I immediately made up for lost time. However, even those programs get boring after a while, and it is then that I am thankful for the foundation my (mean) awfully caring parents set for me. 🙂

    So, did Buddy successfully teach Mimi the finer points of embroidery? Cute picture!!

  10. Debbie says:

    Awww how sweet to see her embroidery. I have taught my son and daughter to cross stitch…since it is my passion. They don’t work on it too much, but at least the knowledge is there.

    I love spending time with my kids even if it is sharing a couple tv shows.

  11. mrs darling says:

    Glad you proofed High school Musical for me. Lol Ive never watched it but my kids are taken with it. Summer is always less Tv around here just because the kids are busy outside most of the time. But you know, theres many days I wish I could ditch the thing all together.

  12. Aw you just reminded me how much I loved embroidery 🙂

    I am thinking Buddy is there because a bit of string keeps going up and down…

  13. Kell says:

    I go through phases where I force myself to leave the tv off, but then I start going through withdrawal. I wish I had more will power. I may not be watching the tv, but it’s always on.

  14. Tink says:

    What did people do before books and tv? THAT must have been pretty boring. 🙂

  15. wolfbaby says:

    ahh the joy is short lived *sigh* i have learned that the more focused i am on a book the more my girls like to sit and pretend to read and now they beg me beg me to read to them at night.. *shocked face* wow guess leading by exampled does work sorta kinda LOL yeah the kids love the T.V. sometimes though it hink they just like the back ground noise

  16. lavidaboca says:

    I watched Gilligan and Speed Racer and the rest of the limited choices while growing up to! Kids today have more TV choices than we ever imagined “back in the day,” don’t they? I watched what TV I could and was always a good student in school. Heck, I even ended up with a Master’s degree! TV isn’t all that bad – as long as parents oversee the choices and the amount of time for viewing. (I even enjoyed HSM 2 with the kids, well…except the end with the less-than-plausible fireworks and floating lanterns).

  17. Karina says:

    As a self-confessed pop-culture addict, I’m not really sure how anyone can survive without a television, but I do admire those who can. Then again, I live alone, so if the tv is not on, it’s awful quiet in my home.

    Love the picture.

  18. Jocelyn says:

    So funny! When you wrote the tv had been repaired, I was preparing my crack about how you must be up to your ears in Hanna Montana and High School Musical II! And then, well, you are. I wish we had those channels, as my 7-year-old LOVES those but has to wait for DVD.

  19. Jenster says:

    We go through stages of little to no TV and I adore it! It never lasts very long, though.

    I watched HSM2 with my daughter Saturday night and was “entertained”. And I actually love Hannah Montana. Not sure why, but I’m better of leaving it alone.

    Love the embroidery picture! My MIL taught my daughter to knit and she likes to do that sometimes.

  20. Cheryl says:

    I had TV shows I loved as a kid, and I have some favorites now, but I never turn on the TV just to have it on. It’s always on at my parent’s and my brother’s. I just don’t get that. Who needs the noise? My sister doesn’t get cable, so their TV is hardly on.

  21. Dan says:

    “I quickly realized that simply placing a book in their hands would only result in torn and drool filled pages”

    Yup … that about sums up my childhood to the T.

  22. Andrea says:

    Hey, bravo for you. We don’t have a TV in Bulgaria and we just love it. Unfortunately, we are on the computer a lot, but its a lot more selective and educational. . .!

  23. I gave up TV…oh, around six years ago. I read voraciously and I do spend far too much time on the computer. I guess I could say that the Internet has become my new TV.

  24. JennieBoo says:

    I never could do embrodiry. Heck, I can’t even spell it!

    Now, buddy looks totally relaxed in this photo.