Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If My Life Was Like TV. . . {Tuesday Ten}

When I was in college, I had to take one arts elective class. My choices were either dance or drama. My best friend also had to fulfill this elective. Neither of us was interested in dance and we figured that, if we took the drama class together, it wouldn't be too bad even though we didn't have much interest in or experience with theater. Initially, we were right. The teacher was a young, energetic grad student and the members of the class were an eclectic bunch of people who were all there fulfilling the same elective requirement we were. I dare say the class was even a bit fun.

That all changed with our final assignment. You see, that fun-loving teacher decided she would partner various class members and assign them a scene which would be performed in front of the class as our final exam. Most of the scenes, as I remember them, were fairly mundane and docile. Except for one. It was the one and only script that involved a kissing scene. And, of course, she thought it would be extra interesting to assign this script to the two quietest and seemingly most opposite people in the class - conservative, straight-laced me and a guy named Kevin who dressed in all black, had long hair that was dyed jet black, and regularly wore black nail polish and chains as part of his wardrobe. Of course, our classmates thought the pairing was hilarious and our performance was highly anticipated. We were both very uncomfortable to say the least. However, we met to rehearse - carefully avoiding that part of the scene at all costs. The only time we actually kissed was when we performed the scene for our grade. It was awkward and weird, but we got an "A" for effort and passed the class.

If there had ever been any doubt beforehand, that experience solidified the fact that I am not meant to be an actress. Even aside from the kissing scene, I tended to get the giggles when we were doing improv or other drama exercises. I was not at all comfortable "performing" in front of others, either. It is very safe to say, there will never be a TV show in which I play a main character. 

But, what if there was? What if my life was a TV show or there was a TV show about my life? What would it be?  

According to this Buzzfeed quiz, my life would definitely be a sitcom and this PlayBuzz Quiz, the TV show that would be my life is The Walking Dead (Which, if you read the lists below, you will see is incredibly ironic especially when coupled with the fact that I took the quiz twice and got the same answer both times!) It's not likely, but here are some of my ideas:

If I had the chance to live my life as a TV show, I would choose:
  1. Friends - I met my husband when I was 19 and got married at 21, so I never really lived the "single life." I don't regret my choices at all, but if I got to choose a TV show, I might like to live as a young, single person making my way through life with a great groups of friends in the big City.
  2. Bewitched Really, what mom wouldn't wish for the power to twitch her nose or snap her fingers and whip up a little magic!?!?!
  3. American Idol/The Voice - I have always wished I could sing. 
  4. Parenthood - Confession:I have never actually watched this show, but based on the premise and wha I know of it, it would be the show most like my current life - the story of a family and all the branches on its tree. 
TV Shows I'm glad are NOT like my life:
  1. The Walking Dead/True Blood - I've got kids. I don't need zombies or vampires.
  2. Lost/Survivor - Living on a deserted island with no food, no toilet, no electricity and a bunch of people I don't know is not my idea of a good time.
  3. Hell's Kitchen - I've got enough people complaining about dinner already. I don't need the pressure of not-so-nice professional chef breathing down my neck and critiquing my every move. 
  4. Criminal Minds - Stalkers, serial killers, kidnappers, rapists - seriously, this show gives me nightmares and I son't even want to imagine these things happening in my real life.
If TV Shows were all about moms:
  1. Friends - A show that follows a playdate group of moms and toddlers through several seasons.
  2. The Walking Dead - A show about moms who all have colicky newborns and toddlers who get up at 4:00am every morning
  3. Elementary - A reality show that chronicles the lives of either a) some homeschooling moms; b) the moms on the PTA board of a few different public elementary schools; or c) the moms who are also hard working teachers at a public elementary school.
  4. Survivor -  Slap a Go Pro camera on a few moms and you've got an instant, low budget reality show because somedays are just surviving until bedtime!

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Janine Huldie said...

Seriously, great advice and will definitely be having to use this as my girls are getting older now, too. It really is just the reality of the world we live in like it or not.

Marcia Shaw Wyatt said...

This is a truly excellent and much-needed post, Lisa. It seems there's always something bad happening in the world - terrible things that trouble and disturb adults as we hear about and view them. The impact of some of these incidents can often be even more overwhelming for children to understand and cope with and parents need to be the people their kids can to turn to in times such as these. Your tips are perfect and I thank you for sharing them today.

MamaRabia said...

#3 is so important. I feel like a lot of people throw way too much information at kids and the kids just aren't able to deal with it. I don't mind answering my kids' questions, but when it comes to information, I let them take the lead.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Janine!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Marcia!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Yep! No need to overwhelm them - it's hard for even adult to process it all and kids definitely can't.

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

In some ways, I'm so so glad that Tucker is too young to really get what's going on. Either that, or he doesn't know because I rarely watch the news and never with him. Still though these are great points and ones that I think apply to us as adults as well. Thank you for writing this, Lisa!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Kristi! I agree - I never watch the news with my kids, but mine are old enough that they hear it anyway. At least bits & pieces. I wish it wasn't a necessary thing to write.

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