One kid in particular seems to believe that his lot in life is to sit in front of the TV watching Frasier DVDs, movies, and non-cable re-runs.
"C. Peevie," we said to him. "Get up and do something besides watching TV!"
"But there's nothing to deeewwwww!" he whined. Aha! I said to myself. A teachable moment.
"Turn off the TV, C. Peevie," I said. "I have an assignment for you." He looked at me from under glowering eyebrows. "Off," I reiterated. He complied, grumpily.
"Here's the deal," I told him. "I want you to write me a list of 20 things you can do instead of watching TV and playing video games."
"Awwwww, Mom!" he arghed, "That's completely lame."
"It's going to be 25 things instead of 20 if you argue with me," I said cheerfully.
It was 24 hours and no TV later that the boy handed me my list. Here's what he came up with, in its complete and unedited beauty:
- hang out with pals
- write a book
- knit woollen scarves for the homeless
- found a charity
- clean windows
- making Stouffer's family size mac & cheez
- making money
- goin 2 the bathroom
- checkin email
- talk w/ friends
M. Peevie found the list on the couch, and read it. She was intrigued, and decided to write her own list of "20 things you can do other than watch TV:"
- play outside
- climb a tree
- go shopping
- try on everything in my wardrobe
- plant a flower
- cook dinner
- hang with pals
- make a new club
- re-decorate my room
- have a garage sale
- save money for something I really want
- go to collage [where, presumably, she'll learn how to spell "college." She is, after all, only 8.]
- get my own house
- make a tree house
- visit all the places I want to see
- go to swim class (I really want to!)
- learn how to golf
- go to the park
- get old stuff from the dump
Get old stuff from the dump? Seriously. Because our house does not have enough crap in it that belongs in the dump, so we need to bring more stuff home. I think I saw a square millimeter of uncluttered space in the dining room earlier today, so we can definitely fit some dump treasures there.
I have more items to add to their list of things they can do instead of watching TV:
- Start a blog
- Visit an elderly neighbor
- Toss the baseball with your little brother
- Write thank you notes to anyone who has ever done something kind for you
- Make a gratitude list
- Listen to music
- Learn to play an instrument
- Learn a language
- Learn to juggle
- Clean something. Anything.
- Make a list of birthdays you want to remember
- Make cards for people on the list
- Write in a journal
- Burn a CD for a friend
- Go for a jog
- Offer to take a neighbor's dog for a walk
- Wash the car
- Bake cookies
- Make a scrapbook
What's on your list?