Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Photo by Larry Mohr

When my mom and my brother moved into a house together in Florida, my brother built a big wall unit. In the middle of it was a big empty space. Then he patiently waited  for the day Mom said, “Let’s buy a big-screen TV to put in that spot.” Sneaky, eh?

Sometimes when I call her, the TV is on and she has to turn it off so we can hear each other talk. A couple weeks ago she said,

“I’ve discovered  that most people don’t realize you can turn off the television. It doesn’t have to be on.”

How true. I don’t really watch a lot of television. Sometimes I have it on just for noise, though if you asked me later I could not tell you a single thing that happened in the program. We’re so conditioned to have it on—or to stream to our computers and tablets and phones to watch.

How would your life be different if you just turned off the television?