Television and Books


I don’t watch much television anymore. In fact, in my house we don’t have cable or any paid TV. We have those digital boxes and get what my daughter calls ‘ghetto TV’. My friends at work will talk about a show and then when I tell them I don’t have cable, they look at me as if I’m some sort of alien. I hear people talk about their cable bill as if it were a necessity of life.

For me, it’s not.

Don’t get me wrong, I used to love watching television. When I was a kid, I used to be able to tell you what day and time a particular show came on. And as an adult, I enjoyed different shows.

I don’t know when I changed. I found myself getting up during a program or movie to do the dishes, fold laundry, etc. I began missing the punch lines, the story lines. And after a while, I didn’t miss it at all.

Instead, while being the Mom Taxi, I had a book at all times. One in my car, one at work, one at home. I could enjoy the books, snatches at a time, reading when I had the time. I didn’t have to worry about commercials, or taping a show I’d never have time to watch. The book was there. Waiting for me.

Then I began writing. I’d put off writing when I was younger. But after raising my family, after sacrificing everything for everyone else, it was time for me. Books were my love and writing fell into place. My manuscript would wait until I returned, the same way my books had.

So, my television viewing is mainly limited to the news in the morning to see what I should wear or what route to work I take. But books? They remain my love forever.

Which do you prefer? Books or Television?