|D playing with iPod (Hawaii April 2010)|
|Brothers watching a show together (North Carolina July 2011)|
Don't get me wrong. As a mother of three, I understand the need for indulgences. We love Disney. We watch Playhouse Disney in the morning and Disney movies at quiet time. I also happen to love Sponge Bob; D and I will cuddle up together with popcorn and laugh at the antics of our favorite fry cook. I know I don't have a smartphone or a tablet; I know my oldest is only three, and I know that when he does get access to those electronics, there will be a huge pull to them, even when limits are in place. But why are the parents throwing the limits out the window and allowing these things at play dates? Running in to AWANAS to drop off an older sibling? 10 minute drives to the grocery store?
I remember when I got my first Walkman and I wanted to wear it literally everywhere I went. I felt like Barbie with my cool headphones and Simon and Garfunkel CDs. My parents allowed me to wear them some places, but for the most part, I used them in my room while I read or did homework. My next great gadget was a brick of an MP3 player. I carried that thing everyday to college, sitting in the back corner of the library listening to CCR while I read poetry instead of doing homework. Even with my love for "an easier way to do things," I feel like I missed the memo that everything has gone electronic. When did riding a bike become sitting in your living room? When did reading become an electronic voice and a pen?
|D's post on moving day (Hawaii April 2010)|
I do know that the highlight of my day was sitting with all three boys in my big chair reading Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner followed by a short Winnie the Pooh story. The last road trip we went on with the boys was filled with travelling songs and I-spy with D. And while other kids are bumming for their mom's smartphone, D is playing tag with his new friends on the playground.
|D talking to his aunt (North Carolina November 2011)|