Late to the party
Friday December 31st 2021, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

We had a TV when our kids were young enough to be distracted by Sesame Street while I was trying to throw dinner together. When that died, a friend’s grandma looking to unload her old one fobbed it off on us: picture a huge 1960’s set made to look like built-in wood furniture with a silvery sparkly panel where the speaker was. My parents had one newer than that when I was a teenager. We watched one presidential debate where we debated which candidate was which as they stood there in their wavy-edged shades of green.

When at last we got offered a trip to the dump for it, off it went.

Several years later, our daughter’s friends, finding it unbelievable that we didn’t have a single TV in the house, all chipped in and surprised her at her 13th birthday party with a new one of her own.

The next morning, without texting even being a thing yet, they collectively went, Oh wait–maybe you don’t have one because your parents don’t want one? Do we have to take it back?

We told her, no, it’s fine. But there will be rules. Homework comes first. Etc.

And so our other kids started hanging out in her room with her to watch shows their friends had been talking about.

Later that year, she caught I think it was strep throat–and we had an old VCR still and she wanted to watch a Star Wars movie, so, sure, we dragged it out of the closet and set it up for her.

Look at the colors!!! she exclaimed as the opening started up.

Five minutes in, her low-rung-manufacturer TV suddenly went black. It never came back on. It hadn’t even made it to her next birthday.

We never did get around to replacing it–but our computers eventually pretty much did.

So with that intro: today I found out just how much we all missed out on all those years. Reading about The Golden Girls in random news articles so that at least I knew what it was while it was on the air in no way compares with (and probably everybody but me has already seen this, but) watching The Herring Wars, where Betty White went off script and ad-libbed with a straight face and had her co-stars convulsing with laughter.

Those five minutes were from one of the greats. And she was a lovely, lovely person. She will be so missed.

I’ve never bought a season of a TV series before but it’s time for that to change.

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One of my favorite episodes! I loved all of Betty White’s work. Thank heavens for reruns!

Comment by Pegi F 01.01.22 @ 7:39 am

Thank you. We did have a TV, but I only saw a few episodes of The Golden Girls, so missed quite a bit. We still only use an antenna and a DVD player. Just checked and reserved a few seasons of TGG at my library.

Comment by DebbieR 01.01.22 @ 10:00 am

It was one of the shows I just loved. Blanche was a little man-crazy but . . .
The idea that 4 women could live together as caring friends while maintaining their own lives and identities was such a wonderful premise for a show. Even when they argued they laughed. They touched on some hot topics too that were (I thought) handled really well.
And the woman who played the mother was actually the youngest of all of them.
I hope you enjoy the episodes you are able to get.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 01.01.22 @ 9:07 pm

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