Hillary - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
Tonight marks the last night of technology for us. I am taking my kids back to simpler (although not neccessarily convenient) way off life. The tv is being turned off (except the 13 channels I grew up on, better pray the president isn't on or you're screwed), no computers, no internet, no video games. They will have to rely on their imaginations and the wonders of the great outdoors to kep them entertained. Growing up we may not have had the convenience we do now, and we may not have been the safest (hello lawn darts) but we all grew up happy and are able to appreciate what we have, I don't think my kids have that appreciation and I have come to realize that all of us are too reliant on technology to keep us happy. I miss kick the can in the dark, hide and seek throughout the neighborhood, road hockey, bike riding just for fun, nicky nicky nine doors (although the neighbors may not have liked that one), climbing trees, running barefoot down the streets, having the freedom to make my own mistakes and live with the consequences and learn from them. Road trips where we weren't watching movies but playing traffic bingo and I spy. Singing to the music and being embarassed when my parents joined in. Impromptu games of baseball and soccer, not practices or scheduled games,but playing just because a group of us needed something to do. Dancing in the rain and splashing in puddles. Forts in the living room with cookies and milk on really rainy days. Baking from scratch, not a package. Drinking kool-aid and pop and not worrying that something in it might cause cancer. Enjoying treats without being thought of as careless because they aren't healthy. Take off after chores as long as we were home by dinner time. Never being bored because I was kept busy with chores, responsibilities and the freedom to be a child. Keeping in touch meant talking to someone, not texting. When mail was handwritten and wasn't full of lol's, wtf's, and idk's, but real words with real heart! Family dinners where we ate great food and enjoyed each others company. Watching the clouds in the sky to see what shape they would make. Together time was face to face and not monitor to monitor. I miss what life was like when we were less connected to the world, but more connected to the ones we love. I want my kids to be kids, I want them to fall down, get up and remember why they fell down and how to change to keep from falling again. Although not pleasant I want them to be picked last and understand life isn't always fair, that sometimes they will get hurt feelings, but that they will be okay, that they may not finish first or win a ribbon, but with more practice they might win next time. I don't want them feeling like everything should be handed to them, that they need to work hard to earn what thay want. They need to feel the pain of failure to truly understand the wonder of success. I am taking my kids back to when kids were parented not befriended, when we knew what was right or wrong and when we messed it was our fault, no one elses. So I must say good-bye for now. I am embarking on this journey with my children, who may be unhappy now, but will hopefully understand what they are missing by being plugged in and sheltered. See you all on the other side, and if you need us, stop by for coffe, or give a ring.