One Sunday, several years ago now, the pastor of our church asked us to write down the three things that were most important to us on a slip of paper. He waited while everyone smiled smugly and scribbled. Knowing human nature, I can only guess that everyone’s list looked a lot like mine:
1. God 2. Husband 3. Family. Yeah. I’m pious. Got the old spiritual ducks in the row.
Then the pastor asks us to write down the three things we spend the most time doing everyday. An audible sigh rippled through the crowd and people began to slump in the pew. My list?
1. Watch TV 2. Nag Husband to turn the ESPN down. 3. Nag children in other room to turn Disney Channel down.
I knew I had a problem when my then nine-year-old daughter came to my bedroom door wanting help with her homework and I made her wait outside while Mommy finished her show. After all, Mommy’s show was about this rapist who was in the process of gouging out the eyes of his victim and I didn’t want to traumatize my daughter. Just call me Mother-of-the-Year. Couldn’t pry my eyes away from that show (sorry, couldn’t resist that pun) and, I have to admit, answering questions about erectile dysfunction commercials from a five-year-old were creeping me out.
So, we cut the cable. The withdrawal was horrendous. There should be a 12 step program. Now, of course, we are that totally uncool, square family that never really knows what’s happening out there in the real world. I hear about TV shows from friends, read about them on-line, see the articles in Entertainment Weekly, so I’m not completely clueless. And, whenever a series catches my eye, like 24 or NCIS or LOST, I’ll go out and buy it on DVD. No erectile dysfunction between stretches of action, and the hubby and I can watch an entire season in one marathon weekend of bloody-thirst and violence and then return to church on Sunday feeling proud that we didn’t make the kids sit outside of the bedroom door all month. Just…you know…that one weekend.
Okay. We still have some work to do.