DEAR ABBY: Something wonderful has happened to my family, and I want to share it with you and your readers.
I have had cable TV in my home for five years. I have four children -- all in grade school -- and there was a constant battle about which TV channel to watch, as we had only one set, which was in the living room. The kids would sit there after school changing the channel every two minutes and not watching anything special.
I finally got sick of the squabbling and called the cable company and told them I wanted no more cable TV in my house. The kids were upset with me, but after a couple of days, they didn't miss it at all. Now for the good part:
It's been a year since I returned my cable box, and the children's grades have improved dramatically. They are now reading in their spare time instead of watching the boob tube, and my husband has started to talk to me!
We still enjoy TV, but now we rent tapes of the movies we want to see instead of watching whatever is available on TV.
I wish someone had written a letter like this one for me to see. I hope this helps someone else.
Love you, Abby. Please never retire! -- BEV IN WORCESTER, MASS.
DEAR BEV: I hope your letter inspires others to follow your sensible example. And who said anything about retiring? I promise to stay at this typewriter as long as my fingers, and mind, can do the job.