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    The Stranger
    My aunt sent me this one. Thought it was a pretty good read

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    A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small Texas town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

    As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger...he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with
    adventures, mysteries and comedies.

    If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped
    talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

    Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

    Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home... Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol... But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

    I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave.

    More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

    His name?

    We just call him 'TV.'

    He has a wife now...we call her 'Computer.' And, there are children Blackberry, Ipod, and more arriving for Christmas...not sure of all their names, but one may be called Kinect. Not sure if our household has room for them all.

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    Funny. I didnt see the end. I thought it was going to be a religious story or something.

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    Apropos, for sure... a good read...
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    TV - Who would have thought..

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    Good one!
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    But how the stranger has grown. When he first came to us he saw the world in black and white. Today, he sees the full colors the world has to offer and he defines it . . . so highly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn - Prosper.com View Post
    But how the stranger has grown. When he first came to us he saw the world in black and white. Today, he sees the full colors the world has to offer and he defines it . . . so highly.
    We just call him HDTV

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    Loved it, sending to my kids so they can ignore it!

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    Way too true.
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    Very good I didn't have it figured out at all.
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    I figured it out at this part...

    "He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing."

    And yes, it is way too true, as Michael said.
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    :)
    i was feeling like m watching some movie
    but i must say story holed my full interest while read it..
    good job & good way to indicate the inventions

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck hamrick View Post
    loved it, sending to my kids so they can ignore it!
    lol

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    My parents restricted TV access for us kids. At the time I thought they were mean and unreasonable but in retrospect I realize they did the right thing.

    So, if you want to apply their method to your kids, it goes like this:

    No TV Monday through Thursday, except for one episode of one program which the kid gets to choose, assuming it's age appropriate. (I chose "The Wild, Wild West," and then later "Star Trek.")

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