My husband comes home in the evening and he turns on the TV. It’s his favorite past time entertainment. News, sports, shows and documentaries, there is always something on, that is worth watching. Some shows I like and we watch them together, but often I lose interest and my mind wanders of.
We have over 200 channels and Netflix on top of that. We have a DVR system, DVD’s and Blue rays; we have pay-per-view and on-demand. We are prepared to watch TV at all times and can create our own TV marathon any time we want to.
Once in a while I think back and I know I am not the only one, who remembers black and white TV’s. Remember when we only got 3 channels on our televisions? Remember the TV Test Pattern and the nights, when the TV program ended with the national anthem?
The idea of watching TV 24 hours a day was not on our minds back then.
Sometimes I miss those days…
You could hardly see for all the snow,
So you spread the rabbit ears as far as they’d go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
“Good night David, Good night Chet”
Depending on the channel you tuned,
You’d get Rob and Laura or Ward and June,
Andy Griffith and Barney Fife,
Lawrence Welk or This is Your Life.
I Love Lucy and The Real McCoys,
Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys.
Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train.
Superman and Lois Lane.
Father Knows Best and Patty Duke,
Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too.
Donna Reed on Thursday night,
Life looked better in black and white
They were simple folks living a simple life,
Where everything always turned out right.
The good guys always won the fight.
I wanna’ go back to black and white.
In God they trusted, in their own bed they slept.
A promise made was a promise kept.
They never cussed or broke a vow,
They’d never make the network now.
Nowadays nothing’s the way it seems
In living color or on the screens.
The good guys don’t always win the fight,
Life doesn’t always turn out right.
If only I could, I’d rather be
In a TV world of ‘63.
It felt so good, it felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.
I’d trade all the channels on the satellite,
If I could just turn back the clock tonight
To when everybody knew wrong from right.
Life was better in black and white!
I would like to relearn how to live without a TV. Spending evenings and weekends without it sounds heavenly.
What stops me from doing it? Good question…maybe the one show I really like to watch, or knowing that my husband really loves it.
Maybe one day, when we will be older we will go back to the way we were back then, when our TV world was black and white.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t gotten around to? What is it and what’s stopping you from mastering the skill?