Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Take Everything We Own ... Except

Before I had kids ... I had certain ideas.

Almost every single thing I thought I knew ... was wrong.

Almost every single thing I thought I would never do ... I have done.

Almost every single thing I thought I would never say ... I have said.

Almost every single illusion ... has been dispelled.

The one and only thing I can say that has saved me from all-out-insanity is ...



THE TELEVISION!!

And ... while I truly believe that the one in our van is the most ingenious, life-saving, brilliant, worth-every-single-last-penny, invention ... I am just as grateful for all those TVs just plugged into the walls of our humble house!!

I am.

I don't care if you agree with me.

It is the one thing ... if you told me you were going to take every single item out of my house and I could only choose one thing to keep - I'd give you my nice cozy bed, I'd give you my lap-top (reluctantly), I'd give you my CDs and radios and jewelry and clothes and shoes and nic-nacs and furniture and rugs and toilets and tubs and books and dishes and dogs and cats ... and there they'd be ... my four children, perfectly happy, sitting on the cold tile floor, staring at the screen of our TV - naked - with big ol' smiles on their grubby, dirty faces.

On the upside ... Really, I'm glad I don't have to choose, as I'd be really hard to live with without my clothes and bed and toilet and tub and lap-top and jewelry and lap-top and shoes ...

68 comments:

WorksForMom said...

Oh that's funny Kellan. I'd personally surrender my TV before my laptop on any given day. Hint: you can watch TV ON your laptop.

dawn224 said...

I'm with worksformom - and alex loves my laptop even more than the tv.

Katrina said...

oooh tough call! Can I keep my tv and laptop???

Mary said...

I love this!

shay said...

I'm totally lmao at this one. I would swear up and down that you could take my tv first but if you observed us for a day, you would know I'm lieing.

kim-d said...

BWAHAHAHA..."staring at the screen of our TV - naked - with big ol' smiles on their grubby, dirty faces." Now, THERE is a visual! Another snort-laugh from me. I think you should choose the TV for the kids. But then, when "they" come to haul off the rest of your stuff, HIDE YOUR LAPTOP and pretend like you never had one. That way, you can watch what YOU want to watch on the laptop.

Maybe what I need to do is watch a little more TV so I don't have so much time to dream these things up! Stick with me, Kellan! HAHA!

Melissa said...

I'm all about the laptop...I could amuse myself on the laptop even longer than on the tv.

Thank goodness we don't have to make that choice...I can't even imagine.

Steph said...

Hehe. This is great.

Mango Marie said...

I'm sitting here with my TV on while surfing on my laptop! I can SO identify with your post.

Aren't we lucky that we don't have to make that choice?

Dawn said...

I don't like to admit it but I do like the T.V. I was pretty excited when I found out there was a new "Desperate Housewives" on last night- I didn't think there would be because of the writer's strike.

Angela said...

See we actually sold our tv before our last move. We live in Idaho so if you get three over the air channels your lucky. And I'm too cheap for cable or dish (which I'd take with the dvr). Plus every show I want to watch is available on the internet in streaming video. Plus then I can always watch whenever I want. So I call it good. But seroiusly, a computer without internet isn't really worth much. I gotta have me some fast internet. That is where I'll spend the extra money...even the regular 1.5 mb isn't enough for my needs with streaming tv shows and checking webistes and a fast speed. So I'll pay a premium ($10-15 more) for 3mb+. Yes I'm a loser.

Holly said...

I love the comic! When we were growing up we had to entertain ourselves in the car. I'm sure it drove my parents nuts!

Queeny said...

Hi Kellan. I love your blog. Thanks for stopping by to see me. I see you're from my neck of the woods. We could actually be neighbors.

I don't have a laptop (yet) but I absolutely could not do without at least one TV to distract our litter of three. Hear hear on that. We also have two PCs to lend a hand.

Karen MEG said...

Could not do without the computer...and am in the market for a laptop as we speak. No time for TV anymore with all this blogging :)

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

I would have to agree with you 100%! (well, maybe 99%, I couldn't let anyone take my dog!) :) We had our electricity knocked out this past summer during a thunderstorm and were without our tv for about two hours. Undoubtedly the longest two hours we've spent in a long time, staring at each other in the dark! FUN!

My Goodness said...

We watch a lot of tv. The kids love movies...they love their PBS, Disney and Nick Jr...and I'll argue with anyone that they DO learn stuff from watching TV. My two year old uses Spanish words appropriately! It is a learning tool, along with an entertainer...and I don't think my kids are any worse for watching. I just got my laptop last week...so I'd sure hate to choose...LOVE that I don't hafta.

Cathy said...

I'd choose to keep the laptop, BUT ... without a television for the kids, I'd never be able to use the laptop.

Such a quandry!

Neutral Dwelling said...

I think I would have to choose the laptop but when American Idol comes on I would have to go down to the people down the streets house :)

Kristen said...

Too funny! and very honest:) I adore the tv in the van too. I would not take long trips any other way.

Family Adventure said...

I just spent the weekend at the cottage, the kind of cottage that sports a plasma TV. And even a laptop. But NO INTERNET. I was almost dying...seriously.

Must.Have.Internet.

Heidi

Valarie said...

Amen to that!! :)

Karen said...

I hear you! The TV was truly an entertainment piece until The Baby came along. He would internally combust if he couldn't have his non-stop TV blaring. I kid you not. And it's worth my sanity to have it there. It's also worth my tub and toilet. We have neighbors.

Amanda said...

LOL! I love TV too. While I'm still trying to 'control' it with my baby, I am already seeing the benefits of it. And I'm pretty sure that one day I'll end up doing something that I said I wouldn't.......letting the TV babysit him.

Happy Days said...

I love reading your blog. I agree with you on this one!!! You are a great writer. You have a beautiful family!! I am Amy's and Mary's sister. Take care!
Lisa

Eileen said...

With my children, growing up and now, the tv has been a life saver, in the van and in the house!!! I totally agree with you. My sister-in-law only lets her kids watch a DVD on Friday nights. When we see them at Thanksgiving every year, they are like little addicts, can't be drawn away from the tv. Now that they are getting older they are sneaking over to their friends house to watch tv. So I am totally agreement with you, that with parenting..tv is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it has been a really great thing. I totally get what you are saying!!!
XOXO

patti_cake said...

Oh I was a tv snob,still am kinda but I agree it does keep a toddler occupied sometimes when you just couldn't get a thing done otherwise!

Catizhere said...

God Bless Noggin.

I can cook an entire meal while the kids sit & watch "Little Bear"

The Stevens Family said...

Interesting post! Now you have me thinking. You're right though, at least we don't have to choose!

Badness Jones said...

I hear you! I've done everything I said I wouldn't too....but I haven't given in on the tv in the car...give me time, I guess!

Kristin said...

Well, this is the beauty of America, we can all do our own thing - you like your TV, I like my all-clad.

Jennifer said...

I would like to comment on this post, but I'm catching up on blog reading after being away for the holiday weekend and I'm finding it difficult to concentrate...who needs tv when there are the photos you posted below to drool over? *wink*

Emily R said...

I just wish the younger one actually LIKED TV, instead of following me around the kitchen.

Melanie said...

I'd give my TV up in a second if I had to choose between that and my laptop. You can always watch TV on your laptop- so really I wouldn't be giving it up at all.

We don't let Hailey watch TV at home (yet) but in the car- it keeps the screaming to a minimum.

Bren said...

Very funny, Kellan! I'm pretty sure I'd give up the TV before my laptop but I'm the only one in the family that feels this way. The others would all keep the TV.

Hetha said...

Were it not for tv, I would never be showered or dressed or have time to eat a meal or go to the bathroom. TV= Godsend!

tommie said...

I totally don't know how people travel without them!

Lisa@Take90West said...

Hysterical!
I am always trying to say 'Turn off the TV' 'Let's Read' Let's Talk' But as soon as the kids start bickering, I am the first one to turn it on!

Kami said...

I am so with you on this... as I type this my 3 year old is glued to Bob the Builder.

LONG LIVE THE TV!

:-)

Joanna said...

I'm totally with you on this!! Unplugged would mean a fight.

Queen of My Domain said...

I don't want to give up either. Without the TV, I wouldn't get any computer time in. LOL! But the kids don't watch it all the time, just whenever I want to watch something.

Crystal said...

Hi Kellan,
Nice to meet you too. I too could not live without my TV. I would be in a crazy house without Noggin. :)

Nap Warden said...

All about the TV...From my cold dead hands, you can pry it from my cold dead hands!

Leah said...

I love my TV, too... My boys are happily watching a Little People movie during lunch as I sit here updating my blog and reading other people's blogs. Win/Win situation, if you ask me!

Nancy said...

When my kids were little, I'd surrender my right arm to keep my TV.

Now that they are grown and out on their own ... my TV collects dust. I only have 2 shows I don't miss.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today =)

Stacie said...

I was totally against having a tv in our van. I told the kids, "look out the window"...yeah, that wasn't so fun on 6 hour drives to visit friends. I am SO thankful they make most vans standard now. :)

Nicki said...

Having to choose would definitely make things tough, but I agree with you 100%! That TV has to be there to give us moms a break sometimes!

Becky said...

Loved the comic!

Matchbox Mom said...

Awesome! I love it!! I totally feel the same way!

Tams

frannie said...

It can be a real lifesaver!

Amy said...

oh how true. i always laugh at people who say i'll never.... just wait they'll see!!! another great one.

Fran said...

OMG! We could be best friends! Of course, my children are older now and when they were young there were no tv's in vehicles, but I felt that way about our tv at home because sometimes I just needed them to be occupied so I could do something or be alone.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I will be back to yours for sure!

Fran

Pam said...

Oh how funny! You are better then me! I would give up the tv and keep the laptop--I can watch tv from there..he he he!

Have a great night!

joan said...

Kellan,

I love this! They did not have this when my kids were little, no tv's in our van but boy those long trips to Fla. to visit Grandma would have been so much easier with one. Love the cartoon!

Tiffany said...

OMG. I was rolling when I read this.. With my 1st two cars with kids there wasn't any demands of what i wanted, by the 3rd car I was all about making sure there was a tv in the car! (We do way to much traveling) It is truely a life saver!

Victoria said...

You can have my TV (my husband would pitch a fit, my kids wouldn't notice for days or longer). Just don't take my Blackberry. =)

Cute post! Missed you while I was away last week!

Anna said...

Don't I know it! I couldn't agree with you more! The little dvd player in the car SAVES MY SANITY on a weekly basis. I would dream of going on a long trip without it.

OHmommy said...

LOL - too funny. TV has saved me so many times and my kids are all under 5.

Opps!

Julie said...

Oh, that's funny!... But I think I would give up the TV before the laptop! *rofl*

Julie

Sharon said...

Yes, I understand. Sometimes when you just need a break--it comes in handy.
But I would have to think about giving up the lap-top. I hear you can watch T.V on the internet now--might have to keep the lap-top and let the T.V go. The best of both worlds.

Lynne said...

The TV helps me get things done every day. I can count on 4 toddlers glued to the big box of entertainment for Dora, The Wiggles, or Little Einsteins. Without it I'd have a very hard time unloading the dishwasher.

R Family of 4 said...

I hear you. It is a sanity saver some days and a life saver others ;-)

JCK said...

You are too funny. O.K., I'm jealous of the lap-top. TV works great for the kids when mommy puts herself in time-out.

bermudabluez said...

Very funny Kellan! I MUST have my laptop...but I cheat and watch whole episodes of Grey's Anatomy and the rest of my faves! The TV I could live without...only if I had my laptop!!

girlymom said...

I totally agree with you Kellan. I NEED the tv. I don't know how people manage throughout the day without a little cartoon time for the kiddos. It's how I get ME time, when I can make dinner, clean the house and most importantly BLOG to my new friends! Thanks for all your great posts that keep me laughing, I really enjoy reading your blog- and 63 comments on this one, aren't you something!! :) Good for you!

girlymom said...

P.S. I just bought a tv for the car...with 2 screens..Merry Christmas to the kids or Merry Christmas to me? A quiet car sounds like a great gift to myself, now is that selfish?

Sniz said...

HAHA! I am SOOO with you on this one!

kristi said...

Yep, I have totally agree with you!

Michelle O. said...

I'm a big fan of tv...especially when you get to the "I want to scream & pull my hair out" level...plop the kiddos in front of it, let them zombiefy, and breathe deeply. It works!

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