We have a regular TV viewing schedule in my house. Or, rather, we HAD a regular viewing schedule. Then the writer’s strike came and wiped that out. It was only an hour or two per day, but that hour or two sometimes seemed to be what we all were most excited about.
Sundays = Masterpiece Theater
Mondays = 24
Tuesdays = American Idol + House
Wednesdays = American Idol + LOST
Well, during the writer’s strike, we were LOST. What would we do without our shows? New HOUSE episodes are still not forthcoming despite the three teaser episodes they had a few weeks ago. And waiting from June to January for the next season of 24 was bad enough but not even having a next season THIS season was… was…
Easier than expected.
We’d become so conditioned, feeling like everything had to be completed, conversation had to stop, phone calls would go unanswered… all be causes of a TV show that drove our collective blood pressure through the roof (and into raccoon territory – for those of you ‘in the know’… 🙂 ).
What would we do without our regularly scheduled programs?
How about chat? How about fill each other in on what we did that day, what we hope to do the next day? How about go for a walk after dinner? Or take out some board games and enjoy what little quality time our busy lives allow?
We’ve started to do all of that again after years of letting it slide, and we’ve rediscovered something rather amazing – we actually enjoy each other’s company. Playing CLUE, Backgammon and other games is fun. Talking about our days helps heal some perceived slights and provides some laughs as well as a stronger connection to each other – much more so than all of us sitting shoulder to shoulder without speaking as we watch ‘life’ occur to others via cable TV.
Will we go back to watching our shows when they come back on? Probably. But these days, the remote sits on top of the games, so we’re reminded of what’s really important. “Together time” is not just about being in the same room. Not anymore.
How do you spend the after-dinner hours with your family? Did the writer’s strike change the way you view your evening habits? Or was TV addiction not an issue for you to begin with?