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Thanks to online streaming services, my wife and I have watched all previous 16 seasons of Law and Order SVU. Now we have to deal with the torture of waiting a week before new episodes air. We’re obviously spoiled. #firstworldproblems.

Think about it, most shows were meant to be watched once a week, drawing over an entire season. Between the other shows and commercials, we’re supposed to hold on to the storyline of a particular character lineup and setting. That’s normal. That’s what’s to be expected.  Now thanks to online services and DVR a new phenomena has occurred- binge-watching. You know the practice of closing the blinds in the morning, barely eating or sleeping, turning off the phone for a weekend just to finish your series. We do this because we have a little time off and an opportunity to indulge.

Kind of reminds me of my honeymoon.

It’s not until the blinds are opened, a shower is taken, clothes are changed, people are spoken to, work demands grow, houses become too small, babies keep us up at night, and our wives don’t want to (or can’t) close the doors to everything else, that we find ourselves in the real world. We long for the days back when she shut everyone and everything else out, and you started on the couch and ended up in the bed. Now the couch is no longer a safe place. If you sit there too long you may find yourself sleeping there, and if you try and go to bed without sleep in mind, you find yourself back on the couch channel surfing instead. Where did the honeymoon days go?

Real life is action packed indeed, it just seems we have forgotten. The beautiful woman needs rescuing from the dangerous abductors that hold her for ransom. The abductors are called children, and the ransom is called feeding them and giving them a bath. She needs you to not only rescue her, but romanticize her. It’s called flowers for no apparent reason, love notes left next to her pillow, coffee made sitting on the night stand at 6 am, a Friday night dessert with friends. You called the sitter and negotiated the terms of her release.

Your son wants you to do the army crawl with him, while holding army men, in the backyard fighting off terrorists. Your daughter wants you to hold her hand, while wearing a tiara, escorting her to her chariot, as you take her on an ice cream date.

Holding this all together, week to week, month to month, year to year, in real-time. You are Jack Bauer. This is your mission- risk it all to protect the ones you love.

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