- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
Feel I need to blow off steam on this one.
I grew up in very rural Scotland. I always feel I have to emphasise the ruralness of where I grew up as all the times I have taken my partner or my friends back to where I grew up, I can see the shock and horror on their faces as to just how remote where I grew up is. It was the Scottish wilderness and part of a very small farming community. If it snowed, you were stuck for weeks. There electricity would go out for days as opposed to hours. And we had no TV. I didn’t actually have a TV in the home until I was in my mid teens when my Mum and Dad seperated and my mum moved closer to suburbia, but having grown up without it, it had a massive impact on me. To this day, I am still baffled by people who are obsessed with it.
My partner wanted us to have one in our home so we got one, but I really can’t stand it. I’ll sometimes watch soaps on it, but it’s not life or death like it is for some people. If the reception or signal goes or whatever it’s called, I dont go into meltdown like some folks. I just dont get it. I really don’t.
People always act baffled when they ask me if I’ve seen a certain tv show or a certain film and I say I havent and that I dont watch tv. OH MY GOD, the look on their faces at the thought! You’d think I’d just told them I dont wash. And then, they make a big massive joke about how “uncultured” I am for not having seen such and such a movie that would have ultimately changed my life.
And then there’s Christmas. Sweet Jesus, is there anything more boring than a Christmas spent in front of the Tv?! Grrrrr. It really winds me up. Family is altogether, everyones happy, there’s nice food, everyone catching up, so what is the logical next step? Let’s turn the TV on!! WHY?! Just why?
I realise some people might be offended by this but, it’s a vent so if I have touched a nerve, I do honestly apologise. I’m just not looking forward to another Christmas where people recoil in horror when I say I didnt have TV growing up, as if I’m the weird one, whilst they all sit in silence, in a room full of friends and family staring at an electronic box.
Does anyone just wish Christmas wasn’t based around the TV? When my partner and I have a family, I can see this becoming an issue. I just dont want my children being zapped in my TV. :S She actually works in TV as well so doesn’t see the issue with having it on all the time, where as I believe Christmas is about family and talking and being with people. I think it’s a cultural thing of her being city mouse, and me being country mouse.