Bunny Ears, copyright Teece Aronin.
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I need my kids in order to watch television because I'm so dumbfounded by all the equipment needed to watch one stupid TV show. In my defense, even my son referred to one of our recent TV tech add-ons as "that cable thing we just got."
Last night both kids were going to be away so Syd got me all set up to watch HGTV. She was going out the door when I asked how to change channels. Syd said, "I'm sorry, Mom, but I think we'll have to wait until I have more time."
Then she left me all alone with the TV and all the "stuff" that goes with it.
The first thing I noticed is that the audio and the video were out of sync and the audio was ahead. My son tells me this is because we have a cheap internet service provider. Eventually the show I was watching shut down altogether and a message appeared on the screen saying: "Due to inactivity, playback was stopped to save bandwidth."
I sat bolt upright, with my bag of chips and yelled, "Whadda ya mean inactive?"
After Syd got home, we wanted to switch to Hulu for Parks and Recreation, and it was another big process just to do that. I watched wistfully as her little fingers danced around all the stuff and like a miracle, Parks and Recreation came on.
"Syd, do you think you can teach me how to watch TV without help?"
"Oh, sure, Mom," she said. But she said it like I'd just asked if I could ever learn to build my own spaceship, and she didn't have the heart to tell me it was hopeless.