Loosing live television at home has been a blessing, a concern and most definitely a curse, but I wouldn’t change that for the world. Today I want to share how removing live television from my home, a commodity that is taken for granted in out society, has been a gratifying choice.
Coming to terms with the fact that the rural area we chose for our very first home had no live television was hard at the beginning, but quickly resolved since we found more interesting things to do that eventually rewarded us with the addition of three other children in our lives.
At first we thought that it was no big deal. If we wanted, we could always subscribe to cable, trouble was that we didn’t want to pay for the installation of the cable lines to our area. Also, at the time, satellite television involved the purchase of an enormous dish whose installation was expensive as well. We settled for a TV monitor with an additional VHS cassette player, yes, the rumors are true, they did exist. Aside from rental videos, my in laws used to tape Cartoon Network for my kids and little as they were, it was just as effective at keeping them wrangled in one room. As the children grew and along with a home school education, it was not something we missed at all. You can only watch so many times the same movie (Hackers, with Angelina Jollie and only because I kept forgetting to return it), so we turned to each other for conversations, games and overall family interactions (gasp!), indeed.
As a result of non invasive interruptions within our family dynamics, we are very well connected with our children and the best side effect of our choice was how close to each other they remain to this day. When our older kids come to visit, we sit down to watch a family movie, a tradition that continues to enrich our connection as still provides a good amount of laughter and good times that cannot be compared to what we have outside our own little clan.
One day perhaps, as they build their own family, they can offer that same kind of opportunity for their kids to grow up interacting live with their own siblings and parents. In an age where personal, business and social cyber relationships outnumber our own relatives (speaking in general terms, of course. I’ve known some families out there . . . you know), it is important to keep people that are important to us, close and feel comfortable when we are with them. I’m sure there are many ways to turn TV addicted teenagers to be part of an amicable dinner discussion, but for my family, removing live television was the best way to make our kids interested in each other.
This post was inspired by Writing 101, Day Four: The Serial Killer