Here's another cool posting from Cheerfuldoer!

  1. Hi - Renee (Cheerfuldoer) sent me an email and asked me to post something. I'm again happy to do it. I can REALLY get behind this one, too!

    Love

    Dennie

    A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

    As I grew up, I never questioned his place in our family.

    Mom taught me to love the Word of God, and Dad taught me to obey it. But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales .adventures, mysteries, and comedies were daily conversations. He could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening. He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, my brother, and me to our first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see the movies and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars.

    The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn't seem to mind, but sometimes Mom would quietly get up - while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places - go to her room, read Bible, and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave.

    You see, my Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them.

    Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our house - not from us, from our friends, or from adults. Our long-time visitor, however, used occasional four letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm. To my knowledge, neither of my parents ever confronted the stranger. My Dad was a teetotaller who didn't permit alcohol in his home - not even for cooking. But the stranger felt like we needed exposure and enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages often. He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.

    He talked freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I know now that the stranger influenced my early concepts of the man/woman relationship. As I look back, I believe it was the grace of God that the stranger did not influence us more.

    Time after time, he opposed the values of parents, yet my father seldom rebuked him and never asked him to leave.

    More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with us. But if I were to walk into my parent's home today, I would still see him sitting there waiting for someone to listen to his stories and watch him draw his pictures.

    His name?

    We always just called him..................

    TV
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   shygirl
    OOOOO! I got chills up and down my spine. What a wonderfully told story! This is sad but true. As a matter of fact, Oprah had this very same topic on her show. Renee, once again, I love your stories!
    Shygirl

    Thanks Dennie.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Oooooh, good one!
  5. by   live4today
    Thanks Dennie for posting that for me. One day I'll learn how to post those type of things myself. :kiss

    Another friend of mine sent that story to me yesterday, and I just had to share it with everyone I knew, so I asked Dennie to post it here for all of my Allnurses siblings! Hope you all enjoy the story......as well as the truisms in it regarding our wonderful friend...THE T.V.!
  6. by   WalMart_ADN
    good one


    why can't renee post her own story??
  7. by   WalMart_ADN
    ooo never mind lol :roll:
  8. by   CATHYW
    Excellent story!
    I once worked with an educator who called TV "bubbulegum for the mind." The analogy was that it would cause cavities, etc.!
  9. by   eltrip
    My 5 year-old understands that "TV is candy for the brain." Thanks for the reminder, Renee!
  10. by   live4today
    Walmart......I see you figured out that I already explained why I couldn't post my own story. Thanks for coming back and letting me know you figured it out, too. :chuckle :kiss
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    We have, as you already know, purchased a satelite system after years of only having the 3 antenna stations. We were always worried that if we got one then it would become a member of our family which couldn't be ignored.
    But strangely enough we don't seem to have the time to watch it much. The children are still on a "no tv on schoolnights" rule and have never asked to watch it during the week.
    I have trouble finding the channels I like to watch and by the time the kids go to bed I'm too tired to watch it anyway.
    I AM glad that I bought the system however because the quality of the tv we DO watch has improved immensely.
    -Russell
  12. by   live4today
    Rusty.....my hubby and I have friends here in the San Antonio area who have two kids (one in her teens and one son about 10). They do not own a t.v. because they do not want their children watching t.v. They have the "quietest" home I've ever been in. :chuckle

    One of my sisters would only permit her sons to watch the videos that she would rent for them. No t.v. allowed. She homeschooled them, and today they are both fine young men (one an Atlanta policeman, and the other is in the Air Force)....who now watch lots of t.v.....much to their mom's disappointment. :chuckle

    I allowed my children to watch t.v. The shows they were allowed to watch were restricted to their own age group, and we never let them watch t.v. unless one of us (parents) watched it with them. Our kids were much too involved in outdoor sports, going to the library, reading a slew of books all the time, and whatever else kept them positively involved.

    As a child, my father only permitted my siblings and I to watch the news...WITH HIM...and any documentary shows that were historic in nature. Whenever he and my mom split......which was quite often......our mother would let us watch whatever we wanted to on t.v. So.....we loved it when our parents were separated. :chuckle

    My children do not permit a lot of t.v. watching among their own children, but keep them involved in more positive activities. They are even limited to the use of their video games.

    Hubby watches much more t.v. than I do. He has his shows that he likes, and I have mine.

    T.V. is a very useful tool.....or "friend" to invite into one's home. Like any "friend" you invite into your home.....certain do's and dont's apply.
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    I am lovin' your new avatar Rusty! Very nice!!
  14. by   CATHYW
    Ditto what Vegas said.

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