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Do You Have the Time?

IMG_0139 Digital, analog, or pocket watch- do you still strap on a watch when you start your day?  A few years ago my watch wearing fixation took hold.  I had not worn a watch consistently in quite a while, and then we went on a vacation to Disney World with all of our teenagers in tow.  While shopping for souvenirs there was a certain Mickey Mouse watch that I had my eye on.  And then my loving hubby bought that exact watch for me as a gift for our 5th anniversary, which we celebrated at Disney World with all of our teenagers in tow.  I wore that watch quite a bit when I first got it; to work, out to dinner, it was my everyday watch.

Then my life path took a turn, and my status went from corporate administrator to “Domestic Goddess”.  When that happened I ditched the daily watch wearing along with my 5am alarm clock.  I would only wear a watch when we were going out to dinner or definitely when we went on a trip somewhere.  Besides,  I carry a cell phone so it was easy to find out what time it was when I needed to.

Sometimes depending solely on your cell phone to find out the time of day can become a precarious situation.  Maybe it’s in the back pocket of your jeans and you are out in the garden with super muddy hands.  By the way do not try to take your cell phone out of your jeans pocket with muddy hands.  I have personal experience with this situation, and it did not end well.  Maybe you tossed it in the bottom of your purse and if your purse is a bottomless pit like mine, it could take you hours or even days to dig around the bottom and find it.  Using your cell phone to tell the time of day is not always the most convenient tool.

IMG_0140This past Christmas I asked for a new Timex watch with “Indiglo”, and Santa delivered.  I now realize that it is so convenient to strap on my watch, glance at my wrist and know what time it is.  I love wearing my watch, and leaving my cell phone alone for a while.  This seems like yet another friendly reminder to take a break from electronics world.

What’s your favorite way to tell time these days?


Can you just set your electronics aside?

Travel Man and I have had the good fortune to be able to go to the Disney Parks this year quite a few times.  We have annual passes, which for a Southern California resident makes a whole lot of sense.  The parks are close by, and with a schedule like my husband’s we can take the little mini-trips between his business travel trips, and feel like we’re escaping from reality for just a bit.

I have two pet peeves when I go to Disneyland these days;  stroller drivers who don’t pay attention to where they are going, and parents glued to their cell phones.  Now we don’t have small kids at home any longer, but we do have a grandson so I  am always observing, ie. people watching, what people are up to with their kids.  The kids get so excited to be at the amusement parks, they just want to have fun!

There have been numerous times (more than I can count on one hand) where we will see a family walking along, and both parents have theirs noses glued to their cell phones. What!  Put your phone in your pocket or purse, and don’t touch it again, unless you have an emergency phone call.  We were sitting in a small snack area one evening, and I will never forget this, a mom and her two sons were sitting next to us.  The sons were eating their ice cream, and their mom was fiddling with her phone the entire time.  There was no conversation, no true interaction.  They didn’t say anything to each other the entire we were sitting there.  I felt really sad for the kids.

 There is no app, or game, or Facebook post that is so important that you can’t just leave it alone and interact and play with your kids.  Did you pay the big bucks to be at an amusement park and play on your cell phone, all day?  I honestly don’t think so, but I do know that time with your kids is precious.  Play with  them, talk to them, listen to them, teach them, hug them, just be with them when you have those moments together.  I will step down off of my soap box now.

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