When my father was alive, he would bring home movies from people at work and mom would go to her room and read a book and listen to easy listening radio. Dad loved shows like Law & Order and La Femme Nikita. Mom hated them. The one thing they loved together was Jeopardy. They would record it everyday so they could watch it together.
Since my father passed away almost two years ago, mom has started watching strange things on TV. I call her everyday to check on her. When I ask her what she is doing, many times she will say, "Watching Kill Bill." Sometimes it is one of the "Bourne Identity" or "Matrix" movies or something like that. When I hang up the phone, my husband asks what Mom was up to. He just cracks up because it is so unlike her.
Maybe it's boredom. Who knows. She does other things to keep her busy like volunteering at the library and visiting her sister. Whatever it is, it is fun to hear her on the phone telling me what the characters are doing. It's like she is a different person.
Those of you who have a mom and/or dad still around, have you noticed them doing things they never would have done before?