You know that old saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"?
I have a mutation of that: All news and no fun makes Maggie a crazed mom.
I'm getting to that point where news is making me insane again. My infernal sense of fairness has been attacked from all directions of late. My disillusionment with the powers that be as powers that fail consistently to care for the things that truly matter has heightened. And I begin to wonder if I just don't get it. Or maybe I'm too heavy on one side of the news? In any event, I can hardly take it anymore.
To top that off, in a way, this is going to sound somewhat pedestrian of me, I feel like I need some entertainment that taps my intellect less. I'm reading a lot. This is excellent. I've recently taken up toying with electronics and given my schedule of mothering and writing that has left little time to unwind I guess. I feel wound as tight as a multi-firing rubber band shooter.
I realize that in days gone by, television wasn't even an option for entertainment. So I am acting rather spoiled when I admit that I miss TV for that very outlet of allowing my brain to melt into goo for an hour or two. Any life needs laughter. There are many places to find it, but TV sure is an easy respondent.
Add to that my overwhelming awareness that in the four years we've been without TV, we've reached a point where we're completely out of it when it comes to current trends, movies, music etc. We get some of it, but in large part we know none of the shows people talk about, we get news somewhat later than many (though internet is rather as fast as any I think), etc etc. This is all just a laundry list of excuses to invite the evil back into our home. Fortunately for us, we can't afford it right now. We're dumping everything extra we've got into tuition for the twins at pre-school, a much needed year of it.
The original idea of turning off the TV was to encourage other pursuits and stimulation during the first five years of the twin's life. Not just for them, but it seemed an important time in their lives to focus on mental development in that way. Now we're ready to attempt having it without giving in to total couch slouching. So, we've determined that by June, when tuition is finished, we could turn the evil eye back on.
Will we? Remains to be seen. We have six months to convince ourselves into or out of it. And so the saga continues:
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Days of our Wires
The Bold and the Techie-ful