As I was putzing around this morning on the computer (how is it that, even before I get dressed, I am on this thing?), I heard a tiny cry from the bedroom. Mama senses all a-quiver, I rush like a ninja into the bedroom, so as not to wake the other sleeping souls, and to the bed of Olivia, who is crying, fresh from a dream. Here is a brief transcript of the ensuing conversation:
Me: What happened, sweetie?
Olivia: You turned off the T.V.
So apparently my three year-old daughter is having nightmares about me turning off the T.V. This is bad.
Or is it? Maybe we are watching too much television in the first place - granted, we limit it to videos that I've deemed "okay" - no violence, well-developed heroines, and just a little "benign peril" (as my friend Gavin as aptly deemed it). We watch mostly Hayao Miyazaki's children's movies: Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro (about sisters), and Panda Go! Panda, and we watch them in Japanese or Chinese (Olivia has been preferring Chinese these days - go figure), as the English versions say weird things (which are probably also in the other versions, only we can't quite understand them). We also watch Milo & Otis, Winged Migration, and some Little Bill episodes I recorded many years back. But just reading this list gives me cause for pause. That's quite a bit.
I've been figuring out little family projects that we can do each week to improve our family life - so maybe one of them can be a "no T.V." week. Which, honestly, would not be missed if I were up to getting out of the house more. I'm really a couch potato at heart, and I love T.V. - mostly the mindlessness that is required to keep up with popular shows. I suppose I could put a bit more energy into planning daily schedules... But I don't want to over-schedule, either. We just get bored.
So, dear reader, any ideas?