At the end of a “crazy, busy kid” weekend, we all settled in for some mindless TV viewing before bedtime. America’s Funniest Videos was on (yes, we all love it… especially when people fall down… how mean of us!) so I paused it and we went to take baths and get jammies on. Needless to say, when we returned, I accidentally hit the wrong button, changed the channel and POOF! AFV was gone…
My kids were not amused. So I searched around for another option and found the “Planet Earth” series re-running on The Discovery Channel. I was suddenly happy I made that button mistake.
The kid’s were immediately ‘into it’, because we had seen parts of the series when they originally broadcast. We were watching the one about the oceans and then it switched to caves, but our kids were silent and never protested even a second. They sat wide-eyed and watched, in amazement, all the breathtaking views of this incredible world we live in.
If you haven’t heard about it, the series was five years in the making (talk about dedication!). For the first time, we get to take a look at all of the things you can’t see outside of your door and travel won’t even allow a glimpse of. You can venture deep to the ocean floor, through underground rivers and the darkest caves and explore untamed jungles and forests. You truly won’t believe what you’ll see.
It gave me a reminder of why we’re doing what we’re doing. Why we are working so hard to preserve this AMAZING planet we live on. Why we’re not the only “thing” to consider. It really rejuvenated me to work harder and continue my journey to do all I can do to see that we aren’t part of the destruction of the planet, by giving us views of the beauty of it all.
If you haven’t seen it, please do. I’m sure it will have the same effect on you and your family. Read about the series at The Discovery Channel or buy your own copy, so you can be reminded again and again.
As I was tucking our daughter into bed she said “Mommy, it’s okay that you changed the channel. I know it was an accident, but really… Planet Earth was way better anyhow.” (* insert huge, proud smile here! *)