Mom! Can I go online?!
Seriously? Take a breath, kid. Give yourself a few minutes in our house before you escape to another world, wouldja?
"No. Please find something else to do because that's all you ever want to do." Well, I said something like that. For sure, my mind was spinning at warp speed with all the thoughts I was thinking.
Seriously!? Please spend time doing something else besides being online!
Remember when you used to LOVE to read!?
Remember all of those LEGO kits we bought you?
All those Pokemon cards in boxes in your room?
The electronic circuit kit you got for Christmas last year?
The five thousand board games we have?
Paper and markers for shit's sake!?
You have a science project due in a week, right? You could work on that. Or clean your room. Or fold your clothes. Or make your bed. Or clean up your damn bathroom--that I clean but I don't even use!
|Who needs two when you|
can have one!?
My kids hear what I played with as a kid, and they feel bad for me. They think of all the things I didn't have. No electronic games. No cartoons on TV 24/7. No cellphones (or cordless, for that matter), and they cannot imagine the hardship.
So my boy had to find new and exciting things to occupy himself, sans electronics. We have books and board games and paper and pencils and markers and crayons all over the house, so there's really no shortage of entertainment (and no surprise that he did not choose to do homework or chores, right?) and he was poking around in the games, finding things he had forgotten about. He went outside to ride his bike.
Of course, There is nary a moment in the day when I don't have my face in my laptop. Or smart phone. Or tablet. So, you know, not exactly role model material over here. And it's not just my kids' dependence on their electronics that's made me see this.
I downloaded a new book because the book I really really wanted to read wasn't out yet. It sounded intriguing:
What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
I've not read Eggers before, but the book captured my attention because of the subject matter--our examined lives. It's a scary, smart read and it builds in a gradual, realistic manner in the way that all good books of unbelievable circumstances made believable do. It might frustrate you (I was not happy the way some character arcs were just left so completely unresolved), it will entertain you and it may just make you rethink about what you share online.
To celebrate a simpler time and ROCKtober? Enjoy this 1984 best of playlist.