"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Monday, February 22, 2010

tv free

Folks ask if we really do not have television and the answer is yes. Not specifically "a television". In all honesty, we have one in the basement with a DVD player for movie nights. But "television", the cable that runs into the house, the dish that could go on the outside, the programming and news that is viewed by the rest of mankind -- no, we haven't been connected in nearly three years. Crazy, I know but so worth it. A recent stay in a hotel with full television capabilities reminded us why we gave it up. Within five minutes of some children's programming on a certain channel, we heard so many of the things we desperately try to teach our kids not to say to one another. Not to mention how amazed we were that after only three years, the standard of decency seemed to have been lowered in commercialism and quality.

That doesn't mean we are completely disconnected from events. Our breakfast table is littered with newspapers in the morning so that we are aware of current world news and financial markets. We are probably the last family on earth that fights over the comic section daily. We read the stories, scan the movie reviews, critique the photos, clip the coupons, fill out the cross word puzzles, avoid the ads, wish over the travel section, try recipes printed, scoff at "Dear Abby", mail in haiku's for the weekly contests, toss the sports, fret over the business end, paint projects on it and eventually wad the whole thing up to start a toasty blaze in our rock fireplace.

I know it seems strange to most to have never seen an episode of "American Idol". I openly admit that I have missed all that the Olympics has to offer this last week and a half. But, my children don't seem to care one bit and that really is something. Recently, some kids at school mocked one of my children for not having TV or video games calling us "poor" because we lack these amenities. And yet, while discussing this very thing over dinner, my children spoke of all of the things they would miss if there was more time spent in front of the tube. Bike rides, family sledding, forts, animal tracking in the snow, walks with our favorite neighbor, backpacks filled with picnics, and roller skating in the shed. The list could go on, and if you ask me, that makes us some of the richest people alive.

Some of my most recent favorite things that I'm so glad not to have missed:

The rock family left on my kitchen counter:

Girls reading books while dinner is being made:

Rock washing on the porch in prep for our favorite game, "Rock Museum" -- only $.10 for a tour.

And worth every cent!


  1. I love the rock family! And hey, we haven't ever seen American Idol either. Hm. Not sure that's reassuring to you...

  2. It is, it is! It means we can carry on a reality conversation that doesn't involve unrealistic reality television.