Is There A Stranger In Your House?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    A few years after 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 from then on.
    As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger...he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.
    If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.
    Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)
    Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home... Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.
    My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.
    I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave.
    More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures. His name?....

    We just call him, "TV."
  2. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

    Thanks Phil, Makes ya think----Ummm!!

  3. keithcatfish

    keithcatfish New Member

    Maryville, TN
    TVs make wonderful targets for high-power rifles. Kids would be much better off shooting them than watching them. The rapid-fire imagery on TV destroys your attention span by conditioning your brain to limit its ability to take in information for more than a few seconds. ADD is so common in children now days because their brains were destroyed by the electronic babysitter during the most important stage of development. SHOOT YOUR TV AND READ A BOOK. If its too cold to go fishing that is....
  4. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

    Now aint that the truth!!

    thanks for posting Phil.
  5. nitro

    nitro New Member

    Dover, TN
    Amen. Kids can learn more in one night of TV than we learned all through high school in the boy's bathroom.

    CNTRYBOY New Member

    Benton, Ar
    I totally agree. TV and Video games do nothing for our children. It's not pac-man, astroids, milapede anymore. Most of it is about killing, sex, and drugs that you have to endure before you win the game ! Only problem is that in reality, winners don't do that!!!
  7. savage308

    savage308 New Member

    Victoria, Texas
    That's the gospel... Good post...