Characters: Nick, Alice, Steven, Peggy, Nettie
Summary: The Bradfords must get a TV to keep up with the Jones (and the Thornes, and the Alcotts, and the…well, everyone in Simsfield).
Notes: Canon. Will probably not appear in a chapter, but TV is now “invented” and mainstream, people! Thank goodness.
Word Count: 574
The Bradford clan scampered out of Nick’s fancy new car. At least the youngest generation scampered. Nick hoped out of the driver’s seat to rush around and open Alice’s door as their three children clambered over the seat to wait impatiently on the sidewalk.
“You three sure are in a hurry,” Nick commented as he closed the car door.
“It’s an exciting day, Daddy,” Peggy replied.
“That it is, pumpkin. That it is. Now, you three need to be careful inside the store. You can’t touch anything, understand?”
Three small redheads bobbed up and down. “I’ll hold onto Nettie’s hand real tight, Daddy, and make sure she behaves,” Peggy promised.
“Okay, then. Let’s go pick out a television for the Bradford family.”
The children squealed in excitement as they followed their parents inside the electronics store.
As Nick and Alice looked over the different models, Nick couldn’t help but marvel at the new technology. While Alice and even his children had seen it in action, thanks to Rosalie’s discovery that it was an excellent way to entertain her large brood when she needed to prepare dinner or do a quick bit of housework, he’d yet to see one in person. Sure, he’d seen them in numerous advertisements in the paper and magazines he read, but it wasn’t the same as seeing it in person. He marveled at the picture on the screen, and how it was been sent to the device in front of him without any sort of wire or anything. Airwaves, they called it. Really, technology nowadays was something else.
Noticing Alice’s frown, he broke away from his thoughts. “What’s wrong, honey?”
“Oh, nothing. I just…we were just fine, without this newfangled television thing. Do we really need it?”
“I suppose not. But now that Rosalie’s got one, you know Shirley will be getting one, a bigger and fancier one, just to show her up. I’m sure other folks in town will be too, and we can either have our kids go to their houses to watch television, or they can have their friends over to our house to watch it.”
Alice smiled. “It is pretty amazing. I guess I can’t help thinking that we don’t need to spend money on frivolous things, but it’s not the same now as it was when we were growing up.”
“No, it’s not. It’s nice to be able to buy new, fancy things for you guys. And we can afford it, I promise.”
Alice smiled. “Kids, what do you think about this one?”
Steven, Peggy, and Nettie joined their parents in front of one of the model televisions.
“It’s bigger than Auntie Rosalie’s!” exclaimed Peggy, as Steven nodded in agreement.
“Well, that settles it then,” Nick laughed. “We must outdo Aunt Rosie, mustn’t we?”
As Nick closed the trunk of the car after the television set had been loaded inside, Alice smirked.
“What will your parents say about this, Nick?”
“Oh, they’ll be as excited as the kids. I have it on good authority that Dad has gotten hooked on those soap operas after hearing Uncle Taddy talk about them. He’ll be thrilled that he can watch them in peace while the kids are at school. In fact,” Nick said as he helped Alice into the front seat of the car, “I bet that Uncle Taddy starts coming over in the afternoons so he can watch them without all his grandkids screaming in the background.”