We were briefly discussing the writer's strike, and mom wondered aloud how long it was likely to go on.
ME: "Well, the strike in the 80s lasted 22 weeks, from what I hear."
MOM: "What strike in the 80s? There was a strike in the 80s?"
ME: "Don't you remember?"
MOM: "No, do you?"
ME:: "No. I was working and had games & drama & debate & stuff."
MOM: "I never even knew there was a strike before. But between your ball games, your sister's tournaments and your brother's ball games, we were never home until time for you all to go to bed."
ME: "I guess we didn't miss much."
MOM: "Nope, we didn't miss a thing."
It was good to be reminded that there are other, more important things in life than TV.