It would be safe to say that I was never deprived of television as a child. My parents were firm believers that television had both an educational and entertainment purpose. In my family, watching television and home videos was not just entertainment, it was a way of spending time together, laughing together, and conversing together.
I have vivid memories of one night which occurred many years ago. It was freezing outside and my bother and I were sitting on the family room couch. We watched intently through the patio door as the snow fell hard in our back yard. In the background however, was the most important part, the television. It was loud, and the evening news update was just about to return from a commercial break. This was not just any update, this was the update that would tell my sister and I whether or not we had to go to school the next day.
It was back, and flashing across the bottom of the screen was the list of school closings. Yes, County School System, no school! Although we were very young, we somehow knew that staying home from school because of snow was a very special occurrence.
Suddenly, my dad came upstairs from the basement with a huge smile on his face because he had just found some old videos. He asked my bother and I if we wanted to watch the old movies. Of course we did; we had no school the next day! While my mom made hot chocolate, Justin and I helped my dad set up the old VCR in the dining room. We turned off all of the lights and watched home movies of my bother and...