Ask anyone I taught with, I was a reality tv junky.
At the schools I worked at, I used to organize Survivor Pools where we each would ‘be’ a character and we would see who would be the ‘Sole Survivor’!
Hours upon hours of reality tv, where my week would be organized around the specific day and hour the show would be on.
Survivor was Thursdays.
5:00pm if you had an eastern channel!
I loved it when my mom moved to town because she had that eastern time zone channel.
Yup, imagine revolving your whole week around a reality tv show? I did it! Yes, I did!
When my oldest, who is now nine, was four months old, I knew I had a wake-up call from tv land and I realized I had to make a decision.
I had just started maternity leave and was home full time with JC! I was moving from an incredible, full 14 hour days as a teacher, to home and my Reality tv land. Can you see where I was going?
I knew I had to make a choice: watch reality from the couch or live it everywhere I went. We decided to live it. We stopped paying for cable television. We started being intentional about what and when we wanted to watch tv shows on the Internet or via DVD’s. We saw less commercials. Our boys have rarely seen a commercial in their lives and often find them annoyingly interrupting to what they are watching.
(Sidenote: The constant Oil of Olay commercials on the children’s network, Treehouse, also persuaded me to cut cable. Did I want my boys to think that women’s faces looked like that?)
Now, I live in reality every day with my brood of boys.
I live it everywhere I go.
Television shows and movies are rare.
Connecting with others and creating space to be is happening every day.
I have space to let my mind meander.
I have nothing ‘pulling’ me away from my vision of what I want my daily reality to look like.
My living ‘reality’ involves copious amounts of food in somewhat strange combinations, refereeing wrestling matches, going off the beaten path and lots of high energy activities. That sounds exactly like reality tv, doesn’t it?
Survivor anyone? Who will be the sole survivor? Some days it’s me!
Big Brother? Me and my houseful of boys.
In my reality.
Hmmmm…. maybe it’s time to get rid of Facebook? But that’s really real, isn’t it? 😂