If you read this month's Australian House & Garden magazine, you'll be able to meet Christine and David and their children, 15 year old Sophie and 11 year old Ben. The family live in a beautiful home in Sydney with every available mod-con. Like 44 audiospeakers and... wait for it...
So, what's life like with 44 audiospeakers and 11 TVs? Here are some quotes from the article to give you some idea:
"We wanted music in every room, but different music at the one time, so the kids could have theirs and we could have ours," says Christine. While the couple has eclectic tastes, which run from Beethoven to the Rolling Stones, Sophie prefers artists like Beyoncé and Pink, and Ben loves rock group Linkin Park. The family's differing TV-viewing habits also reinforced the need for a multizone approach.Okay, got it.
"I wanted to be able to sit in the swimming pool and watch the cricket," says Christine.Right...
As well as a TV, each (living) hub has its own DVD player and amplifier, while three have a Foxtel set-top box. The remaining three bedrooms each have their own DVD player and a TV.I could go on, but I won't. To be honest the whole article horrified me. What are these people thinking?
We do own a television. One. You can see it in the pic. We absolutely love our family movie nights tucked up on our sofa with slice of take-away pizza on our knees. Jemimah has some favourite DVDs too, and she loves to watch these while we have our weekly homegroup friends over on Wednesday nights. It's a much anticipated treat for her. She cuddles up under a rug and has a lovely time.
Generally we're too busy living life to have time for television. Mostly you'll find Jemimah outside in her cubby, or weeding the kitchen garden, or swinging in the swing, or climbing trees, or jumping on the trampoline. On rainy days you'll find us working together on a jigsaw, or reading books, or baking and eating the result, listening to music...together, or talking. In this way we interact with each other. We communicate. We get along together. We have fun as a family.
Christine and David, what are you playing at? You don't even seem to be able to watch television together - you're not even in the same room! Get a life! Get outside and have some fun. Together.
So what is your opinion on television? Do you have one? Do you watch the ABC with no ads or do you have Pay TV with all the hundred extra channels and lots of football? What works for your fam?
Are Christine and David wrong or am I? Or is there no wrong?
I can't wait to hear what you think.