When I think back on my childhood, I have memories of eating supper around the dinner table every single night as a family and then sitting around together watching TV, chatting, laughing and having a nightly devotion before bedtime. Mom occasionally read her People magazine or Readers Digest during our TV shows, and Dad sometimes read his issue of Shooting, but otherwise, all of our eyes were fixed on the same thing and we were all enjoying our evenings - together.
There was no internet. No cell-phones. No otherwise distractions.
If the phone rang, we all jumped up in anticipation to see who it was. We didn't know who was on the other line until we so eagerly said, "hello?". Times have changed drastically since I was a child, and I feel like we aren't content to sit and just enjoy our families each evening. There is always something else to do, someone else to check up on or something else to pour our effort into.
I have been so convicted lately about the time Husby and I spend on our phones in the evenings. Levi has watched us so much that he knows exactly how to slide open my iPhone screen, scroll through three different pages of apps, open "his" apps and proceed to play or watch videos. He is one and a half! He shouldn't know how to do these things!
I can only blame myself.
Now that Levi is conversing and very aware of what we are doing, I've realized it's time to put away the iPhone and focus on Husby and him each night. I don't need to see what everyone else is doing on Facebook, or who I need to catch up with on Words With Friends. Those things are so unbelievably trivial compared to the two gifts I have sitting in the same room with me each night.
I do not EVER want to take my time with them for granted.
During the day I'm not on it as much because we are always doing something and life is constantly moving. But when evening sets and we all congregate on the couches to relax from the day, the "struggle with the iPhone" begins. I don't want Levi to think back on his childhood with Mommy and Daddy and their cell phones glued to their hands. And I don't want to think back on his childhood with missed opportunities because of a silly cell phone.
I kind of curse the day the "smart phones" were invented because I think along with it, family time all over the world has suffered. I'm making a change, and I'm making it now.
Thanks for listening. :)