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One last conversation between Erin and me [Jan. 13th, 2008|12:06 pm]
Zoethe
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Erin is aboard a plane, headed back to New England. My sad. We had a great time. But I have to record one more conversation between us, this from the first day she was here.

Erin: You realize that, thanks to the way you raised me, my friends consider me a total freak. They're, like, "You don't know who Doug is? You've never watched 'Saved By the Bell'?" I tell them no, I wasn't allowed to watch TV except PBS and they say, "What were you doing all those years?"

Me: What do you tell them?

Erin: I tell them, "I was outdoors! I was climbing trees and building forts and riding horses and skiing and hiking!"

[long moment of silence as I eye my daughter]

Me: And you expect me to feel bad in any way that you never saw "Saved By the Bell"?

[another moment of silence]

Erin: Um, no, I guess not....
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[User Picture]From: ailsaek
2008-01-13 05:14 pm (UTC)
Heh. You are my idol.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-13 05:24 pm (UTC)
What can I say? I'm a mean mom. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: noshot
2008-01-13 05:48 pm (UTC)
The way I was raised was the opposite. I was never allowed to climb anything or do anything fun because I might hurt myself, or get in with the wrong crowd, or whatever; yet I was constantly scolded for not doing anything.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-13 05:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's harsh. I'm sorry.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2008-01-13 05:56 pm (UTC)
She could tell them she grew up in Alaska, where they didn't HAVE television... I've met other Mainers who had people ask, "Do you have electricity in Maine? Is there snow all year? Do you have moose in your back yards?"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-13 05:56 pm (UTC)
For us, the answer to the moose question was definitely yes!
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2008-01-13 06:21 pm (UTC)
...

"Saved by the Bell" was still on when she was a kid?
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[User Picture]From: rkane
2008-01-13 06:30 pm (UTC)
Sooo many reruns on weekday afternoons. When I was in middle school you could easily watch two hours of Saved by the Bell after school every single day.
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[User Picture]From: kythsharrie
2008-01-13 06:35 pm (UTC)
I've actually watched Saved by the Bell. What is strange is I do not remember 'Doug'. Hmm. Maybe I didn't watch a lot of it after all....

But you, as a mom, rocked.

Erin's a lucky girl.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2008-01-13 09:03 pm (UTC)
You're right, there wasn't a Doug on the original show. That was Zack, AC, Kelly, Jessi, Lisa, and Screech, plus someone who joined later...I think her name was Tori. Not sure about that. There was a New Class series a few years later, though, so maybe he's from that?

Yes, I watch too much tv. And I remember everything from it, unfortunately! (As a plus side, I rock at Trivial Pursuit.)
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[User Picture]From: theinfamousmom
2008-01-13 09:35 pm (UTC)
My kids (now 30 and 27) got a LOT of mileage out of "No, I didn't watch it, my mom wouldn't let me" when they were younger.

Both of them have thanked me for being such a "mean mom" in recent years, though. It makes up for a lot.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-13 10:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they get more grateful as the years pass.
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[User Picture]From: usmu
2008-01-14 09:51 am (UTC)
Don't forget Showgirls! Though that's actually so bad it's good. But still...
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[User Picture]From: sunfell
2008-01-13 09:57 pm (UTC)
Had I aspired to parenthood, I would have raised my kids the same way: lots of fortbuilding and tree-time, and little tube-time.

That was my own childhood- we lived in places where there was no TV signal, so I became a radio person (still am- NPR plays more in my house than TV), and have no regrets.

Glad your daughter recognizes how truly rich and lucky she is.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-13 10:45 pm (UTC)
We were lucky enough to live in a neighborhood of like-minded parents so there were a bunch of girls running around together.

I am much more likely to listen to NPR than any other broadcast anything.
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[User Picture]From: shadow_phoenix2
2008-01-13 11:43 pm (UTC)
Heh, I've never *liked* Saved By The Bell, to be honest. I tended to read more than anything else. Only my cousins got to run around, climb trees, ride motorbikes, built forts. I was considerd too fragile a child. *Sigh.*
I now envy Erin. =P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-14 12:48 am (UTC)
Boo! Girls should not be treated as fragile.
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[User Picture]From: cindyg
2008-01-15 02:58 pm (UTC)
My parents never explicitly banned me from watching TV. However - I was part of a lively gang made up of schoolmates who lived on my street or on the street behind us, thus there was much of the tree-climbing, fort-building, "let's be samurais and ninjas!" thing going on. (In my day, a TV series called "The Samurai", dubbed in English from Japan, was quite the thing among us.)

Interestingly enough, we watched very little TV! Books, yes. Comics, yes. But mostly we were happy, rambunctious, and outdoors at every possible opportunity - even during monsoon rains.

^.^
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-15 03:38 pm (UTC)
Cool that you had a bunch of friends more interested in being outdoors than in.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2008-01-15 02:59 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHA! Actually, this was entirely similar to a conversation I had with my own mom at one point. She refused to let us watch rubbish cartoons - a habit which fell by the wayside by the time little brother came along. But we were keen to introduce him to such coolness as The Fraggles and old Doctor Who, so it balanced. He's a year younger than Erin, and a huge Neil Gaiman fan now. *buffs nails* ;-)

Growing up, I never watched any of the crap after school telly - for the longest, Mom only had a tiny black and white tv, so we couldn't anyway. Sometimes I feel like I missed certain cultural references, but mostly, I prefer the outdoor forts, the made up games, and the hiking in the woods. :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-15 04:30 pm (UTC)
Whereas I grew up in a household where there was a TV in every room and all of them were always on - except mine. Then I would be berated for reading books and being "too snooty to watch TV like the rest of us."
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