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A few months before 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 to welcome me into the world a few months later. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me to love the Word of God, and Dad taught me to obey it. But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales ..adventures, mysteries, and comedies were daily conversations. He could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening. He was like a friend
to the whole family.

He took Dad, my brother, and me to our first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see the movies and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars.

The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn't seem to mind, but sometimes Mom would quietly get up - while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places-go to her room, read the Bible, and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave.

You see, my Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our house - not from us, from our friends, or from adults.

Our long-time visitor, however, used occasional four letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm.

To my knowledge, neither of my parents ever confronted the stranger.

My Dad was a teetotaler who didn't permit alcohol in his home - not even for cooking. But the stranger felt like we needed exposure and enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages often. He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked
freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I know now that the stranger influenced my early concepts of the man/woman relationship. As I look back, I believe it was the grace of God that the stranger did not influence us more. Time after time, he opposed the values of parents, yet my father seldom rebuked him and never asked him to

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with us. But if I were to walk into my parent's home today, I would still see him sitting there waiting for someone to listen to his stories and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?

We always just called him..................TV

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Hmmm, makes you think...:indiffere Thanks for that Brenda.
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Thanks for sharing that Brenda
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Wow, that was really good! You know...my parents would not allow TV in our house the whole 18 years I lived with htem because of all the bad things on it. Of course they got one after I moved out, but not till then. I always went to Grandmas house to watch Saturday morning cartoons or shows in the evening that I was allowed to watch...like the Waltons or Little House on the Praire. My grandma thought my parents were nuts for this decision. I don't think it hurt me any, growing up without it, I read alot instead, and spent more time doing other things...but I personally think it is okay to have a TV with children as long as the parent's monitor what they watch and don't use it as a "babysitter". That's what I plan to do when Amber is older...keep a close eye on what she watches. TV does have alot of bad on it, but there is also alot of good...like the discovery channel ect, that can teach children and enrich their lives.

Just my 2 cents.

I loved this story though! Thanks Brenda!
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