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Amy Welling's suddenly broken television

Guest post by Amy Welling

I did it, I finally did it. I’ve fantasized for a few years of doing it, but this morning I finally did it out of anger. You see, it’s been there everyday since my oldest boy discovered it existed mocking me. Sure I’m the parent and in an ideal world I could just say no, but I don’t live in an ideal world.

I live in the world of the Syndrome Mix. A world where my almost 11 year old boy has Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD. A world where even though I don’t want to have the TV on as much as it is, it helped calm him down and you know sometimes I just needed a break.

This morning was like about 2300 or so other mornings since my oldest was 3 years old. He woke up, after puttering around for a little while he turned on the TV without permission. He turned the volume up loud on the TV I told him to turn it down and he did.

Then I asked him if he asked Dad for permission to turn on the TV He said no and started turning the volume back up so he didn’t have to hear me. I grabbed the wii remote and chucked it at the TV screen. The damage was extensive, I felt a feeling of satisfaction.

I wondered if my husband would be upset with me for destroying our TV. He seemed to be more worried about me being okay. I probably should have donated the TV, unplugged it, moved it to another room or any number of other things I know but in my anger this was the path I took. We no longer have a TV and as of right now I don’t plan on getting a new one. It has only been 1 hour since the destruction.

Now that we don’t have a TV what will we do? Well I plan to pack up the game systems and blueray player for one and put them out in the garage. We have books, art supplies, games, computers and the great outdoors. We may eventually buy another TV, ones that are larger now cost about half of what we paid. For now though I am not in a rush to get another TV. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time reading.

About the author

When she’s not breaking televisions, you can visit Amy Welling at her blog The Pickled Pig’s Feet: Life in the syndrome mix.

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  • Eric | Eden Journal May 31, 2011, 6:04 am

    Wow, that’s one way to do it. We have a TV, but we really cut back on using it when we cancelled cable about 8 years ago. Now we mostly use it for games or Netflix. One of my favorite things is coming home from work and walking in the door to silence as my wife and daughter are engaged in more creative activities.

  • Spencer May 31, 2011, 11:13 am

    That is actually a hilarious and inspiring story! Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. And it’s amazing what you can do without when push comes to shove (or Wii controller comes to TV screen, as the case may be). But I say good for you! I can see and appreciate your husband’s concern, but it sounds like a perfectly normal/healthy expression of frustration to me. Hang in there!

  • Jen H May 31, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Congratulations on finding the end of your rope! I have often fantasized about doing exactly what you had the impulse to do but talked myself out of it. We’d all probably like an update later on how this changes the dynamics in your house.

  • Amy June 1, 2011, 9:33 am

    So far it’s good without the TV. I actually broke it last week. Last Friday though I took the oldest boy to my sister’s house. This weekend we’ll all meet up at another sister’s house, they don’t watch TV often, for the weekend. Then he’ll go to a third sister’s house for a month. The younger boy is doing fine without the TV, but the older boy we’ll have to wait until July to find out how he’s doing without it.