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Television is so much better today

My daughter heard me mention Asperger’s Syndrome to my wife.

She turned to me and said, “Daddy, that’s when someone has a hard time with unfamiliar situations.”

Credit PBS and Arthur for that bit of vocabulary awareness.

Television today is unbelievable. The vocabulary that my daughter has learned thanks to PBS is astounding.

I spent my childhood watching reruns of Star Blazers (I can sing the different theme songs to the first and second seasons), Tom and Jerry and The Brady Bunch.


The Brady Bunch may have offered some ham-fisted lessons on morality, but none of these shows taught me a fraction of what my daughter has learned in such a short time. 

None of these shows taught me much of anything.

Sometimes I think it’s a miracle that people from my generation aren’t already being replaced by ten year-olds.