Just because....

Tech (free) Tuesdays…

Everywhere we look technology surrounds us. We are lost without our smartphones, music players, earbuds and tablets. Everywhere I go people are adrift in their gizmos and gadgets. This past week I had to get x-rays done. There were 10 other people in the waiting room. I looked over at the woman across from me to say hello and maybe start a conversation. She was totally oblivious to me as she tapped away on her tablet. A quick glance at the room showed me every single person there was on a device… tap, tap, tapping away. Connecting to the World Wide Web but not connected to those around them. My son asked if he could play a game on my IPhone… I said no but we could play a game. We proceeded to spend the next 30 min talking and entertaining ourselves. I realized as I looked at all the people tucked into their own world that I don’t want my son to think its ok, or even expected, to never interact with other people.

Almost anywhere we go, this is the same scenario. It doesn’t matter where we are– Dr’s office, in line at Target, even today at the zoo… We passed a family of 5 and every single person, even the kids, was looking at their cell while they walked. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been next in line at the grocery and someone held up the line to finish a text before they pay. Seriously. This happened to me twice last week … which leads me to Friday….

Each day is a ticket to enjoy life to the fullest...
Each day is a ticket to enjoy life to the fullest…

 

Friday I took Boo to the mall to get a new belt. On the way out we passed the children’s play area. As I looked at Boo I remembered how much he loved playing there when he was smaller. I stood and watched the adorable kiddos playing and felt a twinge in my heart remembering like it was only yesterday that my oldest son also was excited to run and play in there… and that’s when I saw it… a long desk like area with stools and a place for each parent to plug in their smartphones while the kids play. Each space was occupied and each adult was lost in their phone without even a glance up. No one was talking to anyone else. Everyone in their own world…

I know many will find no problem with that, but it saddens me. I remember watching my oldest play while I chatted with the moms next to me. This was 20 years ago… B.S. (before smartphone) I know not everyone these days is constantly connected, but I just had one of those weeks where everywhere I went people were connected to the web and not their surroundings… I would like to challenge you to pick one day a week to go technology free… Perhaps not totally, but just less than the usual… Boo and I have long enjoyed what I call “tech free Tuesdays” Lately we have gotten away from that but seeing so much disconnect this week, we are starting again. I leave my phone on because I have a son off at college, but we spend the day with no ipad games, no movies and no Netflix … We go to the library, read books and play board games. We laugh, giggle, and relax—recouping from our tech filled days.

Technology is great and I really love it! Being a blogger, I tweet, post, and update quite often… its part of the job. Tech is also great for helping my special needs son. I have apps galore that help him with his struggle of speech, social skills, etc… However, too much of a good thing is never optimal and we all need a break from our rushed crazy lives and I once again encourage you to join us on the quest for one tech free (ish) day a week…

 

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Silver linings...

Perfectly Imperfect Day

Do you ever have one of those days??? Sometimes I feel like all of my days are one of those days… my week is hectic and crazy but honestly I would not change one moment of it. Six days a week I take my special needs son to therapies. (OT, PT, HAB 2x, Music therapy and Speech) Two days a week I go to PT to help with my Fibromyalgia. In between all this therapy, I homeschool Boo and try to manage my diabetes. When things get overwhelming I remind myself of how truly lucky we are and that although life can be a roller coaster, it’s an awesome ride!

 

Speaking of enjoying the ride…Let me tell you what happened this morning. First of all, I am a morning person. I am up by 5:30am and there is no joy I love more than watching the sunrise. Boo is normally up by 6:30: all smiles, fresh faced and ready for his day…. Except today… the day we had to be at Music therapy at 8am… At 7:15 I realized not only was my son not up, but we had to be out the door in exactly 5 minutes! I knocked on his door, no answer. I opened his door and said “Get up Boo! We have to hurry!” I was treated to a bear like growl from under his pile of blankets that did not sound anything at all like my sweet little boy… The look I received as he slowly made his way down the stairs (a sloth could move faster) was one of deepest regret that he should be saddled with a mother who has dared to wake him from this blissful sleep… He slinked into the car where I handed him a plate of homemade waffles (ok, hahaha, they were frozen and heated in toaster—no mom of year award for me LOL) By the time we got to music, he was my go-happy, pleasant Boo, “Today will be great I thought! Nothing else can go wrong!”

Life is better when you're laughing...
The imperfect moments make life worth living!

 

Music went great and he had much fun… we left there ready to seize the day! Until we got in the car, and I realized my sugar was low… sigh… diabetic girl problems…. No problem! I always keep a snack in my purse! I happily took out a Ziplock bag with cashews in it. I noticed a pleasant flowery smell as I pulled the bag from my purse and wondered why, but like all moms I simply ate what was deep in the abyss of Mordor, I mean my purse… I poured some nuts into my hand and popped them in my mouth. I quickly found out what the flowery smell was from. A quick glance in my purse confirmed that one of my MANY bottles of hand sanitizer had opened and was completely empty… where did it go? Seeking refuge in my bag of nuts apparently… My first thought was “OMG! Will I get sick from ingesting this??” Then 2 seconds later , “Naw… but I sure do have flowery breath…” Yes, flowery… not that I’ve ever eaten flowers before, but if I did I’m sure this is what they would taste like…

 

So…I lived. 🙂  It takes a lot more than eating some hand sanitizer to take this mom out… now I’m off to make myself a salad…. maybe with some flowers?

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