Over the summer, B was accepted into an internship that meant moving a few states over and into his mom’s house. While not cooking dinner was nice, cable television was even nicer.
I was 5 months pregnant and tired. Watching mindless television when the Queen was napping was fantastic.
I had my rules. I would not turn the television on while the Queen was awake. She deserved my full attention, even if it was from a couch (I was suffering through major guilt of having taken her babyhood away). Besides, I really didn’t want her to have nightmares from watching my kind of television. You know, the creepy kind of television. I am a sucker for mysteries and thrillers.
Every night after we ate dinner, B and I would put the Queen to bed and snuggle on the couch to watch an episode of Cold Case. Oh, how we loved that show. It provided everything from romance to humor to mystery. Fantastic.
If Cold Case was unavaliable, we’d watch some kind of documentary like Gang Land. That was cool.
All too soon, our little vacation was over. We moved back to our dinky apartment and mourned the loss of modern technology.
You see, we don’t own a television. That’s right. We are medieval like that. (We also don’t own a dishwasher or laptop but that’s for another post.)
We didn’t intend to not own a television, it just worked out that way. When we married, we had a tiny TV, but no cable. After awhile, our computer was more convenient to watch movies on so we (literally) kicked the TV to the curb. So long, sucka!
When we moved to our new apartment, we were faced with a decision: do we get a new TV? This led to a re-evaluation of why we decided no cable in the first place.
At this point in our lives, we do whatever is necessary to make ends meet. We limit our eating out to once a week, we are gravitating to cloth diapers, we turn on the heater only when it’s necessary, and we own very used–and old–vehicles. Anything to save money.
When we talked about cable we discussed the pros and cons. Sure, we might have nightly entertainment, but the money we would save without it seemed more important.
Without one second thought, we decided no cable and no new TV.
We haven’t looked back since.