Did you all read my post the other day? About becoming unplugged? I've had a lot of feedback from people in my inner circle. Some who loved it. Some who thought I hit the nail on the head. Some who were sheepishly shy about it because it hit home for them.
Well, this week of being unplugged has been fantastic with the kids. We've had a ton of play time together. Everyone is helping out around the house more and the kids are TALKING TO EACH OTHER, like SHARING THEIR LIVES, talking to each other. Do you know what this means?!?!?!? This means MAMA is thrilled! Like-squealing-inside-but-can't-let-the-kids-see-me, thrilled!
I did fall upon this article today; Dear Mom on the iPhone. It actually brought tears to my eyes, because it's happened. It's so true. I see it. I've been guilty of it. I know you have too. I think we all need a little reminder of this.
Please take the time to read it. Maybe some of us need to change our perspective on family time. Because deep down, it's not the quantity of time together, its the quality of time together.
This is also a good piece to read, an excellent story of a boy who wanted time with his dad.
"Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
"Yeah sure, what is it?" replied the man.
"Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
"That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?" the man said angrily.
"I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?" pleaded the little boy.
"If you must know, I make $20 an hour."
"Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, "Daddy, may I please borrow $10?"
The father was furious, "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are so selfish. I work long hard hours everyday and don't have time for such this childish behaviour."
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: He may have been a little hard on his son. Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
"Are you asleep, son?" He asked.
"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.
"I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier," said the man.
"It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $10 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. "Oh, thank you daddy!" He yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.
"Why do you want more money if you already have some?" the father grumbled.
"Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.
"Daddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."
Time. That is a four-letter word almost all of us have trouble with!
Go, get off the computer, get off the phone, get away from the tv, stop playing the video games and go be with your kids, your spouse, your family! Enjoy this life you have! Because one day those babies of yours......
Become big and won't want to play with you when you are ready to play.