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July 10, 2008

Inspiration, on my TV

J0432431 I was away on business the other night and had an evening all to myself, a rare occurrence in a house with toddlers.  Making the most of it, I grabbed dinner downstairs (Dinner! Alone! With cloth napkins!) and settled in for an evening of relaxation with all my favorite TV programs. 

It had been so long since I'd watched TV without a two-year-old, however, that I didn't know exactly what to watch.  The shows I used to watch weren't even on anymore, and who's heard of half the things on these days?  America's Got Talons?  Celebrity Family Food Fights?  Hank's Kitchen?

That can't be right. 

But flipping channels brought me back to kid favorite PBS.  As I waited for Jon Stewart time (or, as I like to call it, that hour when both the toddler AND the preschooler are finally asleep), I let the words and pictures wash over me.  After a few minutes, I realized I was really interested in the profile they were showing.  The segment featured a geneticist who plays in a rock band at night -- and thinks that being a scientist is the coolest job of all.

A couple of interesting science segments and transitions with a way cool host later and I was as hooked on PBS as my kids are on PBS kids.  Just 15 minutes of NOVA Science Now reminded me of the joy in science, and the fun that it can be to watch science tv and talk about it together.  Remember staying up late to watch NOVA as a kid?  I guarantee you, this is even better.

Thank you, Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I love your new show, and I can’t wait to introduce it to my kids.

This post original to DC Metro Moms Blog.  Susan also blogs at Toddler Planet and Mothers With Cancer.  Even though, technically, she doesn't have cancer anymore.

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