Monday, January 7, 2013
I just read a story where the narrator remarks that maybe one reason people do things like quitting smoking or dieting is that they can get a sense of daily accomplishment just through the denial of a particular activity. In other words, they can do something by not doing something. I can relate to this today because my main accomplishment of the past 14 hours was that I did not let Elijah watch Sesame Street.
For the past four days, the poor baby has had a fever of 102 plus, a streaming nose and a general feeling of horrible-ness. Given all that, I didn't feel (too) guilty letting him watch episode after episode of Sesame Street. Today, though, he was feeling quite a bit better, yet was quite demanding, as only a two-year-old can be, that the Elmo marathon continue.
Because it is important to me that Elijah not watch much TV, and because I might have thrown my shoe if I heard "Elmo's Song" one more time, I decided that today was going to be TV-free, whatever it took.
It took a lot.
It took every single piece of his new art kit. It took 4 Dr. Seuss books and three trips through Elinor and Violet: Two Naughty Chickens at the Beach. It took a stop at Uncle Chip's for a cookie and a train ride to the museum. It took a lot out of me.
Our day of not-doing one thing turned into quite the full day. Mission accomplished.