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Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'm Not Saying I'm Out of Touch But.......

When I was little, I used to love to watch Match Game. In my memory, it was one of the funniest shows that was on during the day in my pre-kindergarten days.
Once I was talking about it to my mother, and she only had the vaguest idea what I was talking about. It was something she barely remembered, and I couldn't understand HOW that could be true because it was something we did EVERY day. I'd have peanut butter and crackers with some kool-aid, and watch MATCH GAME. She was there. I REMEMBER her being there.
Then I realized - she was on the couch.....and she was asleep.

Motherhood has it's casualties, and one of them is that you tend to lose track of things. TV Shows, events, etc.....just blend into the background noise of the chaos of life when you are raising kids.

A great example of this is how I never watch the news. Ever. Commercials, even during the day, are chocked full of crap I don't want my kids exposed to. I'm not some "anti-TV" Nazi. But, I have my limits. Last year I was in Illinois during the Virginia Tech tragedy, and nearly went MAD trying to get away from it on the TV in my hotel.

Nothing has changed in the past year. I still don't watch network TV except either recorded so I can fast forward, or paused at such a length that I can also fast forward through said commercials. I only watch the news if, say, a tornado might be coming and then I'm really just watching the weather guys drool over their digital toys.

People talk about shows, and I seriously have no clue what they are talking about. There's no water cooler conversation about episodes of this or that, for me.

But, surprisingly, I don't care. I watch a lot of kids TV, and then again, my brain just ignores the TV a lot. I used to have TV rituals, rules. After school we used to RACE home to catch the MTV Top 20 countdown. Now I don't know which channel MTV is. Mrs Repressed and I used to have a "No eating during the XFiles" rule - because it always used to make us SICK when we did. There was ritual, excitement, and routine associated with TV. It held sway with me, and guided the way I planned my day and my night in many instance. Now, not so much.

Perhaps I've just changed one shiny box for another.