In Real Time

We recently decided to ditch the digital broadband TV service. That’s right — we’ve returned to the local channels of our deprived youth. No more pausing the TV, fastforwarding past commercials, recording our favorite programs on the DVR, or rewinding to something we missed. For better or worse, our TV viewing options are now in real time.

I was trying to explain this concept of real-time to our children, ages 5 and 7. It’s hard for them to understand, because they have literally grown up with “on-demand” television programming. “So Mom, what do you mean by real-time?”

After stammering through some techno-speak, I finally said something like — “It’s what’s happening right now, and we can’t rewind, pause, or fast-forward.”

I think there’s a spiritual metaphor in there somewhere. What do you think?

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19

5 thoughts on “In Real Time

  1. I had to giggle when I read about your kids’ jump into the weirdness of Real Time. As soon as you went to college it seemed to you that Daddy & I burst into the modern world, letting go of our cheapskate ways and getting cable. Freshman Anna came home one weekend & told her little brothers, “It’s not fair! YOU get Cable!” So now, ironically, you are honoring the old cliche & “becoming your mother,” denying the wonders of 10 jillion channels to your own children. Sure,in today’s recession economy I’ll bet the cash saved on cable could be put to good use by many families.
    But I’ll bet you already know that more can be saved than money with this new choice. You, Miss Anna, didn’t miss the lack of cable; just the idea of it. You didn’t miss it because you were too busy actually DOING THINGS! (Doing real things within that strange concept of “real time.”) All of the extra-curriculars on your college entrance papers didn’t include any listings for “Sitting on the sofa staring.” The experience you gained from all of the things you did(and proud Mom will refrain from listing)was not only character-building, but it was an opportunity for you to learn & grow in God’s Will.
    I’m not worried that your kids will be socially maladjusted. They’ll benefit from less exposure to watching life and more opportunities to experience it. And hey—regarding that comment about your “deprived youth.” …You just wait till your father gets home young lady!


  2. Hi Mom — wow you commented! You know it’s been about a week without all those channels, and after a little whining and grumbling, they go off to play something. Usually Legos — they are building a pier (wonder where they got that idea?). Last night they wrote out their own song lyrics and performed for us. And the other day, your grandson even offered to do the laundry. I found out later he wanted to use his own soap-creation, though. All great inventors have to start somewhere, I guess.

    What I meant was that we were “technologically” deprived. 🙂 But maybe that’s better after all. We had what really matters.


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