Just in time for Lent…

by | Feb 5, 2008 | Personal Reflections | 4 comments

…our TV died.

I’m actually not surprised. It has been a long time coming… Actually, hubby purchased the TV back in ’95, 4 years before we got married! The past couple years it took a turn for the worse, and in order to get the TV to turn on, you’d have to push the power button over and OVER, till you finally gave up and grabbed the remote. (For some reason the button would work for the kids.) This wasn’t really a problem since we have never had any TV reception, and only use the TV to watch videos… However, we do watch quite a few videos.

We have a rather difficult time getting (and affording babysitters), so the majority of mine and hubby’s “date nights” consist of renting a video to watch after the kiddos go to bed. For Lent we usually give up all videos that aren’t religious in nature. But this Lent, it looks like God doesn’t want us watching ANY! 🙂

So… Now I am sitting here looking at my “entertainment” center trying to decide what to do. I am thinking of maybe moving it to the nursery/guest bedroom to use as a book shelf, and replacing it with our piano/keyboard–which really needs to get moved from its current location. But I’m just not sure. I’m also trying to decide whether or not to get rid of ALL our video tapes. (Our DVD’s will still work on the computer.) Should I? Or should I hang on to them in case we ever purchase a new TV? (It won’t be anytime soon, since a new TV has not been planned into our budget.)

Who knows, maybe we will be like Amy and get rid of it all together! After reading the following quotes, that may not be such a bad thing:

Television . . .Is an anti-experience and an anti-knowledge machine because it separates individuals from themselves and from the environment and makes them believe they are living while they are only observing passively what other people decide to make them see.

– Dr. Silvana Montanaro, MD, Psychiatrist, Montessori Teacher-Trainer

The primary danger of the television screen lies not so much in the behavior it produces as the behavior it prevents… Turning on the television set can turn off the process that transforms children into adults.

– Urie Bronfenbrenner, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Any thoughts or suggestions?


  1. Amy

    YEAH! LOL… love it, embrace it! Run out to the garbage with your videos singing “The hills are alive!!!!”
    Seriously, Hubby and I do the same thing with our date nights. We always rent a movie. But we can watch all of them on the computer. The only ones we have had problems with are the newer Disney films. We just can’t hear them.
    We have Netflix, which believe it or not, does have a good selection of fatih films. You also can watch a lot of movies straight from Netflix without it counting as one of your monthly rentals. We feel that it is worth it.
    Also, it will be far more worth it to get those videos you truly love on DVD then buying a new TV (with everything going digital soon). You could even check out craigslist for a small TV that could be tucked away when not in use. We have any itty bitty one still and a cheap little DVD player. It rarely comes out, but it is there just in case… I don’t know we have a movie emergency, lol.
    It is really freeing, believe it or not.

  2. Amy

    Oh! And we learned the key to your computer playing everything smoothly is to make sure you don’t have a lot of stuff running while you are watching them. Like messengers or such.

  3. Juliana

    If you were to get a new tv try ebay you never know what you might find.

  4. Trina

    I have to say that Pat bought our TV (used only for Sat. movie nights) about 20 years before we were married. It is older than the afore mentioned hills! I keep expecting it to die, but it only gets grainier!


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