I follow Oprah on facebook.
I'm not really an Oprah nut, but since I don't sit long enough to watch the show I figure I can at least know what she is talking about every day. I follow Ellen and Rachel Ray, too because, well Ellen is SUPER DUPER funny and Rachel might cook something I can try at home one day.
Anywho, Oprah is doing a show today where she asked two families to give up their stuff for seven days. Go Naked! Not really naked, you perves! But she is asking them to give up their TV's, computers, cell phones... You know, technology.
Like giving up your clothes, if you ask me.
The question is, can I do it?
The only thing that I'm so sure that I couldn't give up would be my cell. I just think that now that I'm so use to having it and so use to being able to make calls anytime anywhere, I couldn't do without it. You see, I'm not the brightest star in the sky and I tend to forget things, tend to forget to do things. I even have trouble keeping in touch with people. I remember all of that stuff when I am in the car drving and have time to think. It's like, "OH I, need to call my grandmother!", "OH, I have to make that doctor's appointment." Plus it has a calendar to remind me of all the things that I'm sure to forget.
I think technology has made my brain lazy. Perhaps someone should do a study on that.
Giving up everything else wouldn't be that hard. I mean, I'd have kids for entertainment. And I believe....... No, I KNOW that they are not that addicted to TV and video games as to where they can't stop using them for a week.
I think that it would be fun to have to think of other things to do as a family to entertain ourselves. I would love that we sit down and read together. That's one of my real wishes that may never really happen. I'm so sure that Hub's would not be game for that. My kids love when we play board games as a family. Maybe, without TV we would take more walks.
My neighbors did the whole no TV for a month thing. They fasted the boob tube for a WHOLE month! Who DOES that?? Just because. There was no prize at the end. It wasn't because Oprah said so. They just went without TV, all 6 of them. And they enjoyed it. Okay, but the Johnson's are just crazy like that.
Do you guys remember the Berenstein Bears book, "No TV for a Week"? Well the kids (little bears, or whatever) and Papa were constantly engulfed in watching TV and Mama had enough and made the whole family give up TV for a week.
Well, Papa was like, "Yo, how am I suppose to get the news? How am I gonna know what Obama is doing in the White House, who is winning the NBA Playoffs and what's gonna happen to Michael Vick now that he's out of prison?" (paraphrasing a little)
Mama was like "READ THE DARN PAPER! That's why we subscribe to it every month! It's not just used to light the barbeque grill, you know!"
Anywho, it ended up that they enjoyed themselves and learned more about each other during that time.
So, can you go without technology? Can you go naked for a week? Could you give up your cell, you TV, your ipod, you Blackberry internet devices for a whole week?
I would try it, but you go first. I challenge you to enhance your family life with quality time by GOING NAKED for 1 week! Let me know how it went, then maybe, when school lets back in and I only have to occupy my own kids for a couple of hours afterschool, MAYBE I can get up the nerve to give it a try!