I'm talking about TV in the summertime. *shudder* I hate that my kids always want to watch TV, and I hate that I'm usually too weak to say no to the uninterrupted quiet time for myself. Because I can hide from them when the TV is on, and I cannot hide from them at any other time, period. Trust me, I've tried.
But I'm getting better at just saying no to television. I'm hearkening back to the days when I had fewer children, more brain cells, heaps more patience, and something called a backbone, and I'm forcing the kids to find other things to do. Or at least, I'm doing that more often than I used to, and gritting my teeth through the "I'm boreds" and the "What can I dos" and the "Pleaaaaases" and the "There's nothing to do around heres."
And I have been vindicated! Turns out, boredom does in fact breed creativity! Which means that for today, at least, I conquered the Disney Channel!
Exhibit A, for your viewing pleasure, from my 12 year old:
Forced to do something besides watch TV, he figured out how to do this with his iPod Touch, frame by frame. Had I caved, and let them all rot their brains in front of the TV, this gem would not have surfaced. So pretty much, I can take credit for this great little short. Yay me!
(If you are on Instagram, and would like to follow his Art postings, you can find him at hashtag_art. He's pretty amazing, I must say.)
Today was but one battle in a longer war, but it was a victory and I shall take it, and make great speeches on the battlefield, and commemorate the day each year with much pomp and circumstance, and I will use it to embolden me for the days to come, the long hot days of summer.
The truth may set us free, but boredom shall make us create stuff.
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