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Stranger in the House

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mum taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger… he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.

(I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home – not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. .

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked… And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?….

We just call him ‘TV.’ (Note: This should be required reading for every household!)
He has a wife now….we call her ‘Computer.’ Their first child is “Cell Phone”.
Second child “I-Pod “.

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  1. pinky
    August 17, 2010 at 7:46 am

    nice one…Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology”

  2. August 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    @ Pinky – True, unfortunately you need these strangers at home, otherwise life gets boring πŸ™‚

  3. pinky
    August 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

    true…but such a extend not too much.

  4. August 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

    @ Pinky – Agree πŸ™‚

  5. Bijal
    August 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I don’t actually agree that life gets boring without all this… I think we’ve stopped doing too many things because of them..things that were fun to do; but yes, I do agree that nowadays we need them :(. I try not to depend on them πŸ™‚

  6. August 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    @ Bijal – Fully agree, I also try the same, but sometimes you need them, I am not dependent on TV, but yes very addicted to Computer, cell phone and Ipod πŸ™‚

  7. sandhya
    August 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    interesting…..concept… hummmm.

  8. August 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    @ Sandhya – Thank you for dropping by πŸ™‚

  9. roshni
    August 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    nice one !!

  10. August 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

    @ Roshni – Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. dhriti
    September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

    nice one!! πŸ˜€

  12. September 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

    @ Dhriti – Thanks dear πŸ™‚

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