Remember a time when there wasn’t cable television? Or when cartoons were only on Saturday morning? And PBS during the week? Remember when there only 10 channels (maybe even less)? I remember when my parents finally got cable and PAID extra for the Disney Channel!! That was the BEST day ever!! The Mickey Mouse had actual people not cartoon characters.
Now it’s 2013 and my loving toddler has absolutely no idea the suffering I had to endure. She is used to instant gratification Plop in DVD and press Play. No waiting to rewind the VHS tape because the last person who watched Lady and the Tramp forgot to rewind the tape. With tears in her eyes, Mommy, why is it taking for a long time???
Or watching The Voice (her new favorite show. Shakira is her favorite!! But not that episode when her hair was curly), she gets antsy if I let Carson Daly talk too much before fast forwarding him. (I do have to agree with her. He’s gotten better, but he’s no Ryan (not something I ever thought I would say.))
But the kicker…. We were watching the Hub on Saturday morning (they have a marathon starting at like 4 am, probably for bleary-eyed parents who can just plop them in front of the TV without having to deal with the end of the DVD) watching Care Bears, followed by Strawberry Shortcake, and Pound Puppies. She does not watch all of these, but depending on what time she gets up, and what time I want to get up, she tends to watch 3 half hour shows. She was in the middle of a very exciting and tense filled episode of Strawberry Shortcake, when she had to go to the bathroom. Number 2. She jumps off the couch, and declares, Mommy, Can you pause it??
And I did.
By the way, the other night, I let her stay up a bit later than her 8 pm bedtime, and I put on Alf for her. Who knew that Alf was timeless? But it is. She really enjoyed. Good ol’ fashion family fun with alien!