I have never liked being alone and I have never enjoyed the sound of silence. For me, if it was quiet then I was more than likely alone and I wasn’t comfortable with that. I would actually have my TV on for back ground noise. I know for some, including my MIL, they can’t stand that. But for me if I was alone and the TV was on, I felt better. It’s hard to explain I guess. The sound of silence always made me nervous, an unsettling feeling.
Before we moved I had our Dish Network shut off for the move. Well our moving got pushed back a month so we went without. After we moved we were so busy and never had time for TV so we just never had it turned on, plus we just didn’t want to spend any extra money for stuff like that. So we have been without TV for some time. All summer in fact. And with this new digital crap we didn’t even get local and buying an antennae just was never on our priority list. At first I must say I missed it, I know my son did and Jason really missed watching the Twins as did I.
I began to realize how much we watch TV and how I have become dependent on it. Not for the News. I very rarely watched that other than the weather, it’s just too sad. But for the “company” it gave me. And in the evening it became a filler for all of us, we’d sit down and stare at this idiot box for hours! It had become a very big part of our life.
After going so long without it….I LOVE it. I honestly didn’t want to get it back until maybe the Fall. It’s been so nice, we’ve been outside as much as we can, we play games together, go for bike rides, we genuinely enjoyed each other and not the TV. I do have the computer and that gives me MY time. But our time as a family together has been exactly that, together, not with a TV. Jason has been outside trimming trees and fixing things and helping Bailey build ramps. Bailey and I built a nifty little “club house” he calls it. I’m honestly contemplating whether we should give TV up every summer.
We still do not have Dish Network going and won’t until September. Jason bought an antennae and we get a few channels that come in quite clean. The first night I found myself glued to it watching some half hour sitcom I would normally never watch. Bailey was glued to it also watching some show he’d never watch normally either. It’s new to us now and that will fade out I hope.
Through having no TV I have learned to not only love but appreciate the silence. I no longer feel anxious or nervous when it’s completely silent. I have played even more and have enjoyed my son even more. If you don’t think that’s possible, unplug your TV for 3 months and go play!! When you turn off the radio, TV or computer, you turn on your imagination and that my friends is a wonderful thing! You play more and I am a firm believer that you never get too old to play…but rather get old from not playing.