My Parents Give Into The New Technology

by : Jim Williams

My mom and dad have been watching the same television for the last ten years. It's one of those ugly big floor models and surprisingly enough, it still ticks. They have cable but only the local channels.

If they weren't huge television viewing fans, I wouldn't care their TV is as old as the hills but they watch it all day long. They follow "The View" in the morning, Jeopardy in the daytime and then The Late Show at night all on their 70s television.

I wish they would realize what a nicer television could do for them. It's not as if they don't have money either. They were prosperous their entire lifetime. They made good money, provided everything we ever craved and they were able to retire early.

I just feel that since they made so numerous sacrifices for us it's time they invest some of their money in their own enjoyment. HD televisions are not that overpriced in relation to numerous added things in life. They could buy one for a few thousand dollars and they wouldn't even miss it.

I have taken them to Ultimate Electronics a few times to show them the new HDTV and HD pictures on them. They are both impressed and sometimes it takes a while for me to get them out of the HDTV area. They are mesmerized, which is why I know they would love it if they had one.

I am not saying they should throw out their old TV because a part of me thinks they have an emotional affection to it. They could always move it to the added bedroom and even watch it if one of them wanted to watch something different.

Change is rough, I know this, and I know they have a hard time getting use to new stuff like HDTV. I asked them if they would like me to buy it for them or if they would be mad if I bought it for them as a gift. They denied both and said they don't need a new tv and to stop talking about it.

A few days after they said this to me, their tv finally shot craps. They thought about getting it worked on but then broke down and bought an HDTV. Would you believe they called me and said they should have bought it years ago?

They said the HD image was out of this world and they have no idea how they dealt with the old one for so long. I didn't tell them, "I told you so" but I certainly was thinking it. They now watch their new HDTV as they did before but with a whole new appreciation.