Monday, July 30, 2007
Pulling the Plug
I ripped it out of my family's life like a band-aid from a fresh wound. Anticipating a week of quiet and solitude my plan was laid.
Friday, the day before their return, it was hatched. I dialed the number and calmly, politely, requested our cable be disconnected. "Are you moving?" the cable company representative asked. No was my succinct reply. "Well if you want a different service then I could get you a deal for just..." No, I repeated, we just want to end our service. "Well we have other services available. You could..." No, again, we don't want to have any more television in the house. Was this comprehensible to a cable television representative? I don't think so because she asked for a fourth time if we would want another package.
My family had been out of town for the week, off to our annual church mission camp. Since they would be televison-less for the seven days I thought, "Great time to just pull the plug." Now this didn't come out of nowhere. We had discussed this as a family. I have wanted/not wanted to go without the tube for years but lacked the fortitude to say yes/no. During the week of my family's absence I didn't watch TV because I was reading the Harry Potter books. Well, I did turn on for news maybe twice but my mind was so engaged with reading I couldn't be bothered with that form of entertainment. So Friday I made the call with no regrets.
Now we're reading, blogging, computer viewing, talking to each, playing. Yeah, it's only day 3 without TV (in our area there is no TV, no even local stations, without having cable) but I know this is one of my best decisions in my role as mean mom.
Reading the HP books got me on a role for imbibing in the prose. I've picked up a George McDonald book (I loved Princes and the Goblin), At the Back of the North Wind. Who knows, I may add one of those nifty additions to my blog with what books I'm reading this year. And I'm open for suggestions. What have been some of your favorites?