6 days of unplugged….6 days of rest?
Staring at the black screen, itching to go back. Wondering about my friends and the world’s latest news.
The silence is startling. I can hear myself think. I’m the only voice in the room. (Joined only by toddler songs and expressions of joy that Mama is finally all here)
Images and feelings long repressed now explode in nightly dreams. Storms of emotion. Confusion then peace as the knots in my thoughts untangle massaged by space and time to breathe.
It helps that my husband is on holiday too. Instead of one parent there are now always two.
Rarely heard joyful noises erupt in the basement as Forest gleefully builds an octopus with cardboard puzzle pieces. YouTube foodies and NBA stars beware, your devoted viewer is no longer there (for 6 days at least). My hubby has a new hobby. I hope it will stick.
The poetry is fading as I slip back to prose. My family just finished an unplugged staycation. A decision we made after our regular family camp on Vancouver island was cancelled. It wasn’t all love and roses. We realized that old school gps doesn’t compare to the AI of google. We were met one evening by my in-laws coming through our door in panic. We forgot to tell them our plan. They imagined the worse when we didn’t answer our phones or check for missed calls on our landline.
But apart from the wrinkles this experiment was an incredible success. The peace in my heart and mind is priceless and it changed how I do life with my phone now that it is back on. I am no longer pushing the home button for a hit of dopamine. I no longer feel the pressure to immediately reply to messages or have podcasts and music constantly playing. I started picking up the guitar again and my daughter is always willing to serenade me with ABC, ba ba black sheep, “tinkle, tinkle” and Jesus loves me, usually as a remix conglomeration of them all.
I don’t want to demonize social technology. I am using it right now. It is a powerful tool. An awesome invention. I found that when I just said “being on my phone is bad” I still used it just as much but felt incredibly guilty. I am learning technology’s place in my life and how I can use it wisely. I am holding on to quiet moments and focused play times as much as possible. When my daughter naps it is phone on!!
Elaina will do what I model. I want her to enjoy life as it was in the ‘90s. Pre digital age. And I want her to enjoy the advancements of 2020.
I am thinking about getting one of those CD/radio/tape player stereos. If they still exist. How cool would it be if my kids actually know what a cassette tape is! I used to love recording songs and stories with my siblings. Rewinding and fast forwarding..
New is good and so is old. Blessings on your day!
“And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.””
Matthew 13:52 ESV