Two little girls walked in a field of tall prairie grass. The older one dragged a wood cart with her sister in it. She pulled the cart into a ravine that overlooked a stock dam. There was a pile of rocks in a circle on the ground. The girls pulled a few plastic pink plates out of the cart and started to set up house….
Who are the little girls? That’s me and my sister when we were little playing out in the fields behind our house dragging around our grandpa’s wood cart using it as our wagon. Most nice days we played outside. I remember there being a nice day in the winter and I would stare at the window waiting to finish my schoolwork so I could be outside.
I’m not saying that we were never inside, there were plenty of things to play with in there too but I’d much rather had been outside. I can tell you one thing though…when we were inside we where not planted in front of the tv. And I’m not saying that we didn’t ever watch tv but it wasn’t something we did every day and we preferred to be outside, making up our own games and expanding our imaginations. We invented so many places to play and things to play with….a town built with sticks with stick dolls….plates made out of pieces of wood….a table and chairs made with tree stumps….tree houses built with tumbleweeds….so many things to do and so little time!
When I went away to school I learned something about the rest of the world, they watched tv and they watched it all the time. My roommates had the tv on all the time and if there wasn’t anything on that they wanted to watch they would pop in a movie. When I came home from school I missed the tv noise so I bought my first tv. When I was working in my room I constantly had it on, no matter what was on.
About a year later when I got married, me and my husband decided the tv had to go. We both wanted to continue with the lifestyle that we grew up with. So I got rid of it and you know what? I still haven’t gotten another one. Not having a tv around I realized I finally had no distractions, my creativity flowed and I got more done around the house.
For some reason, while I was at school I got convinced that I needed the “noise” to get work done, when in reality I needed the noise to go away to find my creative side again.
No we don’t have children yet but we have made a firm decision that we are not purchasing a tv. There is so much to do around here and I want my children to have the same fun growing up as I did, and that was playing outside and being creative.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with watching an occasional movie (but I usually only get around to this in the winter when it gets dark early and it’s cold outside) but I don’t want my kids to grow up in front of the tv. I want their creativity to flow!
In today’s society, it’s almost unheard of to not have a tv. But even though it’s not the norm it doesn’t mean we have to follow what most of society does. And of course this is just my opinion:) Not only do I think not having a tv will be good for our kids it also saves us so much money! Where we live the only kind of tv we could have would be some fancy cable package that I’m guessing costs more than my garbage and water bills combined. We also save on electricity costs and we save by not feeling like we need to buy dvd players, movies, and more gadgets for the tv whenever something new comes out.
Do you have a tv? Do you have one and wish you didn’t?