TV didn’t just kill the radio star

I was talking to a friend the other day, and he was complaining to me about how his little brothers are always glued to a tv screen and how they whine and cry about every little thing. It’s funny because I might as well have been raised on painkillers.

We used to make super heroes out of fallen birch bark and keep them until they had broken. We used to be lizard villains. I’m ashamed to admit that. We used to pretend we were Zorro and fight the tall weeds that were growing on the neighboring property. We used to ride our bicycle until the sweat from our drenched clothes would hold us down.

Most of all we used to get hurt. I used to fall down a lot. Now, I can’t remember the last time I fell. I’m not saying it never happens anymore, but I believe that pain is part of learning. Each of our scars were stories that started like this:” Oh, this is nothing, one time…” My scars were like visual memories.

Smell was also a big part of playing outside. I remember that I used to get up early on saturday mornings before anyone else so I can enjoy the smell and quietness. I used to sit next to this big old tree and I would ask it to give me the secrets of its youth. I remember thinking to myself that one day, I would miss all of that. I do

Before television we were in charge of entertaining ourselves. The yard was our stage and our minds were worlds that you can’t even begin to imagine. And somewhere between all this magic and growing up, we were giving another outlet for fun. Only we didn’t have to come up with anything, and didn’t necessarily need each other. And then the little people inside of the box told us how to have fun, and they told us how to live.

I can argue that we were better off without it. I could say that we thought of better, more colorful worlds, but how can a fallen birch bark honestly compete with superman?

All this past tense is starting to get to me, makes me feel like I’m a hundred years old.

TV didn’t just kill the radio star

bloorain

Joined September 2009

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I had to go without internet for a week and I realized how much we are dependent of these bright hypnotizing screens

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