Friday, August 10, 2007

Not a channel was blaring - not even Mickey Mouse

This is day five of absolutely no television. My husband and I were talking last night (because we do that more when we're not staring at another rerun of Scrubs), and both admitted that it is good.

We're fairly big readers, but we are able to devour so much more. We remember what "quiet" is (and in this house, that's all relative). After a very long, summer hiatus from sibling connectivity, my children have rediscovered one another. They never get TV during the week, but I didn't realize how their parents watching it affected them, as well. Even if it was CNN or The History Channel ... it was always muddling up the background noise factor. It creates an amazing amount of noise.

Our minds are clearer. Seriously. Clearer.

While my husband and I made this weekday commitment specifically for the month of August, I'm pretty sure I'll just be a weekends-only gal now with my noisy little boxes.

***WARNING: turning off the television during weekdays was a personal decision made by the blog poster. The views and opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Blogger, the federal government, PBS or The Holy Bible. Any perceived insinuations that this is the best and only way to function as a human being are purely coincidental.***


Anonymous said...

Don't worry, it's also the view of some of your readers!

Anonymous said...

I actually lived alone without a TV for about a year. I found that I did so much more with myself, including reading the Bible (for the first time) and asking Jesus into my heart. I think sometimes without that constant Din of the TV in the background we can hear God speak to us more clearly. I also spent more time with friends and planning activities.

Now that I am married and have 3 kids, I afraid that if unplugged even just one of the 3 TV's in my house I would have a revolt on my hands!

Beth said...

My favorite part is your disclaimer at the end..

I cut the cable about four months ago. It was one of the best parenting decisions I ever made. However, we are on vacation right now, in a house with cable, and, of course, we're watching...

Note to Dave: they won't revolt. They'll whine at first, but they'll appreciate it more quickly than you think.

Unknown said...

ah how nice it is to not listen to the monotinous drone that is CNN in our house....oh how nice it is when I just don't turn it on...he'll (he being my husband) won't notice for at least a few hours...its nice.

Tara W. said...

We've been sans TV for about two years now (with a rare allowance of certain fotball teams - you can't see me but I'm rolling my eyes). Isn't it beautiful! There are moments recently that I consider getting a limited version, but I tell myself I need to think about it longer so it's yet to happen. Enjoy the peace!

PS Thanks for the comment. It IS awesome to have so many grandparents. Couldn't feel more blessed!