CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Our decision to cancel cable television wasn't so much a moneysaving move as it was a miscalculation -- a parental underestimation that, once threatened, had to be followed through.
Basically, it started with our naive attempt to extract chores from a teenager. When she didn't comply, we responded by taking away a device. iPod. Cell phone. Netbook. All went by the wayside with nary a whimper. Eventually, our choices had been whittled down to food, toilet paper and television.
Since Celeste loved cable television and was, like us, addicted to a number of shows, we expected the idea of losing cable would inspire her to start doing the simple daily chore we'd assigned.
It inspired a shrug and a mumbled "whatever" instead.
United by our common opponent, Geoff and I spoke as one: We'll show her!
It's now been a year and a half since we've had cable. Celeste still doesn't mind.
Surprisingly, neither do we.
Most of the time.