Something very funny and bizarre has happened to me today. I must take a few moments from the paper and tell you all about it. And by all, I mean Kelly at this point.
I was listening to Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll (who is a very interesting man to listen to…) who has loads of writing inspiration and inspires me to think very deeply about things. I see a man walk up my steps and ring my doorbell. Now, I had just gotten out of the shower so my hair is a soggy mess, I’ve got leggings and a sweater on. I’m not wearing makeup. Never the less, I answer a door. The man introduces himself as someone representing Shaw and asks me if my parents are home. Holding back a laugh, I state that I am actually 24 years old and that I own this home. I make the decisions. Clearly, the guy was embarrassed and stumbled into his sales pitch. He was trying to sell me cable television with Shaw and I told him that we don’t have cable or any other form of cable or satellite by choice, not because we cannot afford it. He smiled, kept looking embarrassed, thanked me for my time and walked away.
I resume my study position and the telephone rings. Who could it be? It was Shaw, calling me to offer a fantastic deal on cable. Oi! I tell the gentleman on the other end of the phone that we do not wish to have cable. He says to me “if you change your heart, just give us a call.” That last sentence struck a chord but mostly because it was Christianese. Two offers for television in under an half an hour.
Now, this happens every few months. Telus and Shaw will call offering their cable services with some perk at a ridiculous price. I explain that it is not the price but more or less the principle and they back down. No phone calls for a while and then a few calls a few months later.
It’s curious to note that the people in these companies are bewildered when I state we do not wish to have cable. I am so, so glad that my husband and I decided early in our marriage that we do not want to have television. We have a physical television so that we can watch DVD’s and play our Wii. Cable or anything of that sort is something that I hope we never have. We talk, we laugh and interact in ways that are generally impossible to do when you’re glued to a television set upon entering the door of your home. We read books and cook or blog. Now, I’m not saying that life without cable is perfect or that our little house has it all together because we don’t have cable. But the point I’m trying to make is that we really, really enjoy the hours we find spending together and talking together instead of watching a television set night after night.
Plus, there are so many peaceful moments that I can close my eyes and soak in when there is not the constant chatter in the background. I find God in these tiny moments when the puppies are sleeping, the fireplace is on and I’m sitting beside my beloved in a moment when the conversation slips off the couch and onto the floor.