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Click! [Oct. 20th, 2013|09:55 am]
Tony Grist
Some men in masks board an underground train. A woman is tracking them. They carry identical attache cases. Are they suicide bombers? They catch sight of her. She punches the alarm. All hell breaks loose.

And my mother switches the TV off.

As I expected she would. Anything too fruity; click. Anything unfamiliar: click. Her remote, her rules.

"I don't know what that was," she says in an affronted tone.

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" I say.

"How on earth do you know?"

"Because they just told us."

We've had variants on this conversation many times before. Only now there's a difference. It's not that she won't pay attention, it's that she can't.

I find it hard to accept that we've crossed that line.

[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-10-20 10:43 am (UTC)
Ray has got there with his mother now too. She can't watch any politics shows anymore because she thinks they're yelling at her and it upsets her. She used to love her politics shows.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-10-20 11:32 am (UTC)
My mother sticks with reality TV- animals and cakes and houses. She can cope with those. She can't follow anything with a story.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2013-10-20 03:14 pm (UTC)
I really cannot say how much this scares me. My mother watches things like those afternoon court shows and "Dr. Phil" and I shudder. She never would have watched those things years ago.

She did start watching a lot of science and nature shows because she loves those, but she didn't drop the utterly banal stuff. I had hoped that, once we decided to start paying for cable TV again, she would move on to better things.

I am frightened that I will one day be the same way.

ETA: you know? I keep remembering our dear friend Jackie - that's how I want to be when I get older.

Edited at 2013-10-20 03:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-10-20 04:09 pm (UTC)
I've taken steps to avoid becoming a couch potato. Last time we were home I got rid of the TV.

I miss Jackie.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2013-10-20 04:49 pm (UTC)
I miss her, too.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2013-10-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
I miss her as well. I was just thinking of her the other day and wishing I had one of her lovely posts to read about rotting raccoons or a plastic doll found in a hedge or about what was blooming in the garden.

I hope she is having an utterly amazing afterlife--perhaps as a garden fairy.
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From: athenais
2013-10-22 02:06 pm (UTC)
I miss her a lot. She told such wonderful stories, I am still sad they are all finished now.
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