I can remember when I first saw television–it was at Bailey Kelly’s house. The Kellys also had the first color TV in the neighborhood. What a big deal that was for all us kids around. The Kellys would let us kids come to their house and watch the TV some of the time and how exciting that was.
A lot of us talk about how TV used to be, that programs were better back then than they are now. Well, I guess that is true, however some of the programs I liked back then I don’t like now when I see the re-runs. Except for the Andy Griffith shows, I guess we all like them. They keep showing them over and over nowadays and I laugh at them every time even though I just about know most of the dialogue.
I guess some of us like those shows because they were set at a different time when life was more simple than it is now. These shows remind us of “the good ol’ days,” I guess especially we who have grown up in a small town really appreciate those shows because we can relate so much to most of them.
My, how things have changed. We used to could set our children down in front of the TV for a couple of hours while we got our house work done, and know that what they were watching would not have a bad influence on them. Now, you have to scrutinize every thing they watch if you care about what is molding their lives and their character.
Programs have changed a lot in the past 20+ years, and I don’t like where TV is going these days. However, I must admit I watch some of the programs on now, but I don’t like the violent, gory, bloody scenes on some of the shows even though I know they are not real.
I rarely ever watch daytime TV, I have other things to do like shopping.
I blame TV for a lot of things these days–the influence it has had on our kids–and let’s not forget the influence it has had on us adults too. I know some people hassle with their children about what shows they can and can’t watch. However, I think one of the big influences on a lot of us is that we have left the dinner table to eat in front of the TV.
We eat most of our meals in front of the TV, which I know is a bad habit, but I also know that we aren’t the only ones, a lot of you folks do too. We snack a lot more than we would if we weren’t watching TV. I know I’m blaming TV for a lot of things, but I know it isn’t that innocent set across the room that’s just hanging around gathering dust–it’s ME!
There’s one thing about watching TV though, as long as I am sitting upright I’m fine, but just as sure as I lie down, I fall asleep and miss something. It’s as if my eyes are connected to my backside and as soon as my back reclines, my eyes close, just like those baby dolls I had when I was a kid–lay it down and it’s eyes would close, sit it up and they would open.