Happy Little Bird

June 6, 2016

A Screen Free Summer Plan – PART ONE

June 8, 2016

You Used To Call Me On Your Cell Phone

June 7, 2016
Tie dyed romper
talk to me

Remember WAAAAY back in the day, when you heard the phone ring and a little thrill of anticipation went through you?

Who was it for? Was it for you? And if so, who could it be? Part of the thrill was the not knowing.

I remember the day I FINALLY got my own phone in my bedroom. My parents said I could choose between buying a scooter, and buying a phone and the phone was a no-brainer decision. This way, I could talk to all my friends to my heart’s delight, and nobody could overhear me.

A conversation with a friend far away was a precious treat, since we paid extra for every minute. But it was totally worth it to be able to connect in that way. Nothing could beat a conversation with someone I cared about for filling my emotional cup.

Fast forward a couple of years… and life has changed quite a bit.

I rarely call my friends. In fact, the only time I pick up the phone is to discuss something that’s too complicated to text about. Texting has made my life easier in so many ways… and yet it’s also causing me to miss out on connections. Those heart to heart chats that happen when you can hear the tone in someone’s voice – those are missing.

Today’s technology is fantastic. I love that I can shoot a quick message to someone I’m meeting, arrange a play date, or have an question answered immediately via text. But I miss the realness of just talking to someone. Of ignoring everything else around you for a bit and simply honing in on what’s going on with a friend.

Building real connections is something that’s important to me. So my new goal is to take the time to pick up the phone. And actually use it for what it was originally designed to do – to talk!

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