If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.
I know you are going to think I am crazy when I write this post, but I am a crazy gal. I like the word, FAMILY. Family to me represents the good up-bringing I had. The sitting down at the table together as a family; holding hands and one of us kids saying grace.
The routine of baths after dinner, homework and if we got finished in time we were allowed to watch TV with mom and dad. Bedtime came at the same moment Monday through Friday, and an hour later on weekends.
We had a routine. We always knew we could depend on our parents. We knew the rules of going to school and what our chores were on the weekends. Family, a strong unit, somewhat broken from technology of cell phones and computers.
Maybe this wouldn’t have happened if there were guidelines as there were when we were bring raised. Perhaps time limits on cell phone use and computer time. Not only do the kids today not go anywhere without their cell phones, most of them have computer technology on the phones.
I can’t begin to count the number of times I have entered a public establishment and notice zero smiles. I don’t see people looking up at me and with a nod of the head acknowledging my presence.
Kids, parents, adults, elderly, almost everyone has updated with the times. What happened though? The term, family, the eating, praying, talking together, the guidelines, chores, what happened to family? Without our even realizing it, we ever so quietly traded good habits into a phrase of it’s all about me.
This is sad, more young girls pregnant, elderly respect has been lost to the seas. Looking out for our neighbors has slipped right past us. Maybe it is the era I was brought up in. So for this prompt, I would undo the technology of cell phones and computers, if even for one day. Stand up and take notice. Drink that coffee with a smile. Go outside and smell those flowers. Wave and say hello to your neighbor, just for one day.
Thanks Julie, hope all is well with you and Ming!!!
Amen! I agree
Thanks so much my friend for being in agreement
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You hit the nail on the head beautiful lady. I make sure that my grands learn the manners I learned and taught their parents. It may be harsh of me, but I tell them like I told their parents, you don’t want to go to hell and burn forever just because you don’t know how to treat others. I take the grands with me to do meals on wheel for the elderly and they help out with me at the homeless shelter…so I’d say they are on the right track. I pray they stay that way. I get on my pastor about not smiling. Yep, I’m crazy like you.
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I agree with what you are doing. My Grandma used to tell me that what you teach a child will stick with them forever. They may stray from the path as a teen, but most of them come back to what they were taught when young. You are such an awesome person! Hugs and love
Having had my Grandkids over for the day this week…I too notice the heads down into those IPADS…IPOS…LAPTOPS…
I got out the craft suppplies…and we played cards…and even watched cartoons together…I know this is THEIR way…growing up in a different world than mine…but, a hint of “How it use to be”…doesn’t hurt!
You did the right thing Marilyn, and believe me, when they get older they will remember that day of sharing cards and cartoons. You are a great Grandma