Sunday, November 15, 2009


Today I wondered why it is that I sit in church, or (some years back) in a seminary class, or a dinner party, and still find that I'm an outsider when someone inevitably says "We all know that character in ____ ___ ____ ___" (Random Cable TV Show), or "like that song everyone learned as kids," or "the latest couple from XYZ Current Reality Show."

We don't all have Cable TV, or we don't choose to watch TV when we have free time at home, or maybe we never went to camp as a child (and so never learned a single camp song). Today, listening to a sermon, I simply noted that I've never seen the History Channel. I wondered if I should regret this, since it sounded as though I needed to have seen it to understand the preacher. But it's not even that I feel removed from the majority; I just plain don't care. I'm old enough, finally, that it doesn't matter if my unfamiliarity with popular culture marks me as an odd duck. Quack, and quack.


Blogger Heidi said...

Thanks, Raisin. I notice this often when people say, "You know that commercial...?" And I feel like I might be out of touch with the culture or my people. But you're right, we must be ourselves - whether that means TV watching or not.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Trees of the Field said...

Do you really wonder why you haven't watched the HISTORY Channel? At least you keep up on movies. I'm with Heidi. If our ignorance of contemporary culture puts us in a minority, so be it.

1:47 PM  
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