Ever since we got rid of the TV back in April, friends and neighbors have wondered... "So what do you do?"
Clearly, they must think there is nothing to do outside of watching television. That watching television is what man was born to do.
So what does my family do now? The answer is simple. We watch birds.
We sit at the kitchen table during meal times... and... watch birds.
It's quieter. It's fascinating. And it allows for meaningful conversation. (Chris O'Byrne probably understands this better than most people.)
You see, we got a couple bird feeders and planted them smack in the middle of the yard so we could see them clearly from the kitchen. The birds came.
We've counted over 30 birds feeding in our yard at once. Here are the kinds of birds we've seen:
- House Finches
- Gold Finches
- Red-Winged Blackbirds
My two-year-old son has become particularly interested in birds. He can identify most of them by name, which is quite uncommon for a kid his age. His seat is positioned so he can watch the birds at every meal time if he wishes.
Would this have become such a past-time for us had we kept our TV? Probably not.
Of course, bird watching is only one thing we've chosen to replace TV time. Mostly, we get to do more of the things we really enjoy... like reading and playing board games.
The word gets around, you know. People who shouldn't know we got rid of our TV are asking what it's like not having one. Which means people are talking. That's a good thing, I suppose.
But from the outside, it probably appears that we just keep getting weirder and weirder. I work from home, have no TV, ride a motorcycle, like to write letters by long-hand, plan to homeschool my kids, etc. All extremely unusual in a homogenous place like Highlands Ranch. We're like suburban wackos. I like it.
Now, go watch some birds!