Life without a Television
When my family's only television set went to the repair shop the other day, my parents, my sister, and I thought we would have a terrible week. How could we get through the long evenings in such a quiet house? What would it be like without all the shows to keep us company? We soon realized, though, that living without a television for a while was a stroke of good fortune. It became easy for each of us to enjoy some activities alone, to complete some postponed chores, and to spend rewarding time with each other and friends.
First of all, with no television to complete for our time, we found plenty of hours for personal interests. We all read more that week than we had read during the six months before. I personally started a habit of reading the newspapers every day, not just reading some sports articles, but actually enjoying editorials and opinion articles. We each also enjoyed some hobbies we had ignored for ages. My father's old enthusiasm for carpentry returned , and my mother spent some time practicing some old cooking recepies. In addition, my sister and I both stopped procrastinating with our homework. We both planned a homework schedule. Instead of watching television for the whole afternoon, as we used to do, my sister and I spent two hours every day doing homework in advance.
Second, we did chores that had been hanging over our heads for too long. There were many jobs around the house that had needed attention for some time. My father somehow managed to replace seven light bulbs from and old lamp that we have in the dinning room. I cleaned the garage and fixed my room's door which had been broken for more than two years! We also had a chance to do some long-postponed shopping. I bought two pairs of jeans that I didn't have time to buy before. Before my television broke , going shopping was something that I never got to enjoy, but somehow this new situation has made me realize how much fun...
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