We didn’t get anything fancy. God knows we can’t afford it. But the reasoning to getting it was, if we had just added the sports package and Hubbie couldn’t bloody well see the players, stats, shots, ANYTHING on the left side of the screen during his much loved NBA, then what was the bloody point of an extra $29 a month?
You see, our TV never had any issues. Until…
Dum da dum dum.
Baby girl came along.
Don’t turn your nose up at me. Until you have a child that wants to ruin ALL of your things, don’t say ‘it can’t happen to me.’
I used to say that. And guess what?
It DID happen to me.
You know what’s worse? It always occurs with the ‘sleepers.’ You know the ones, the kids that are oh so darling, flash their bright whites at you, give you hugs and kisses, eat their vegies… all that jazz.
And then when you are not watching, they take their toy maraca and smash it against the TV.
There is only so much you can do when a child takes to TV with strong object. See, by the time you get to them to stop them…
… The TV has copped a few good bangs. You think, fine, I’ll confiscate the maraca. Tell off your child. “Don’t do that!”
And nothing happens for weeks.
Then BANG! They have gotten hold of some festival light-up stick, and BANG BANG BANG! Again against the TV.
And you’re like “what is wrong with you? I thought you liked Dora the Explorer?”
You can confiscate all the hard, stick-like objects, and do your best to keep it from happening again… but it happens so infrequently, you kind of think, ‘I can’t just stay here watching her watch TV, ALL the time…’
And that is the beginning of the TV undoing. Because just as you think they have gotten over the TV bashing stage –
And that my friends, is how the left side of our TV came to stay a blurry black, for about 2 whole years.
We got used to it, but really, it was soooo annoying.
I mean, TV entertainment was just not the same. Action scenes? They are fighting, and then disappear to the black.
Drama? Watch someone arguing into blank space.
Romance? There is no point in watching love scenes when all you can see are arms.
This is our new beauty. Of course, within 10 minutes of set up it was already on baby girl’s old fave.
I just hope she still likes The Wiggles, or else she’ll go to bat with them too…