Ditching the Television, SoCS


Several months ago I ran across a blog participating in Stream of Consciousness Saturday, possibly this one, Linda G. Hill. The idea is to write and not edit, except for typos, using the prompt given. Now, I don’t normally edit heavily, and you can probably tell. However, I do sometimes start a post multiple times because I don’t like the way it sounds. Since I’m a little behind on the Ultimate Blog Challenge, it seemed logical that writing and posting for SoCS would help. It was worth a try anyway. The prompt this week was television.

When my husband first died the television was one of my lifelines. The noise it made helped me feel less alone. The people on the screen felt like company, it wasn’t just noise, there were people in the house. The television also made the house feel less empty when I returned after leaving for errands.

As time passed I became less dependent on the television, its noise, and the illusion of guests.

It started when I turned the set off one morning. Eating breakfast as I watched whatever program was on, it occurred to me that the show held no interest for me. Since I had a radio, I turned off the television and used the radio for noise. Worked well.

At first, I’d turn it back on in the evenings when the darkness tried to invade the house. The television kept it at bay and I could watch it while sewing, or doing something else. This worked well until summer when I seldom turned it on. I’d be outside most of the evening, and by the time darkness was creeping in the bed was calling my name. No need for my television guests.

After a couple of summers of not using the television, turning it off permanently had a lot of appeal. First of all, it would save me money, and that was my driving factor. Doing the math one day I realized I was paying five dollars to watch the two programs I enjoyed. More really, because the shows didn’t come one every week.

After a little research, I learned the programs I enjoyed were available free (I like free) online the day after airing. Of course, they are only available for three or four weeks before they are put behind a paywall, but that isn’t a problem.

There are several options for watching the programs I enjoy, all of them on the computer. I still have the radio and a CD player for noise if I feel the need, as well as a CD player if there is a movie not available online that I want or on those occasions when my internet goes down.

This post was written to be part of SoCS and I will be linking to them if I can figure it out. It didn’t help me write a post any faster, because I kept going off on tangents and deleting the posts to start again. But, it did get finished, so that’s the good thing, and now I’m one step further in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.





About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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6 Responses to Ditching the Television, SoCS

  1. When I moved out on my own at age 19 I did not have a television. I learned to enjoy listening to music or silence. I was almost disappointed when my parents gave me a TV for Christmas.

  2. JoAnna says:

    Your link worked! Welcome to the Stream of Consciousness! Your writing shows good detail of that process and how you moved through that time in regard to the TV. After my divorce, I watched a lot of TV late into the night for a few years, then went back to more reasonable levels. It is good that there are so many options now.

  3. LindaGHill says:

    My mother did this too, after my dad died. Her house was never quiet, from the time she got up to the time she went to bed.
    Thanks so much for joining in, Nita! 🙂

  4. I don’t know what happened but we are not watching a lot of TV ever since my daughter was born. Since we are trying to keep her away from gadgets we are also practicing the same thing which is good.

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