Kids. How do they get these ideas?
According to Kelly McDonald, three marriage deal breakers of the 1960s were
1. different race
2. different religion
3. inability to provide financially
Today marriage deal breakers are
1. lack of hygiene
2. talking about exes
3. constantly on phone or other mobile device.
Garret teased me that I'd be out of the running for marriage because of the last one.
He wasn't kidding.
|Would they make the cut in 2013?|
...they don't know that. They just see me with my hands wrapped around a hunk of technology.
McDonald mentioned that Generation Z, which apparently doesn't even encompass my little ones (there's no name for them yet), has fewer verbal skills than previous generations.
They text. They Facebook. They Instant Message. They don't talk on the phone.
Am I contributing to the death of the spoken language?
I don't want my children to think of me with my nose in a gadget. I want them to think of me looking in their eyes, singing songs, playing piano,
building cardboard spaceships, reading books,
and picking "flowers."
I want them to remember that I loved them enough to model love and companionship and... verbal skills.
Now, more than ever, I'm making a conscious effort to go back to the basics. Like a rubber eraser. Maybe I'll start by writing notes on paper.
Technology is a good thing. But so are the basics. Face to face. You and me, baby.
My friend Lisa Marotta has a call to action on this topic. I'm not ready for the power grid to go down completely, but I do plan to power off more often.
Oklahoma Women Bloggers handed out virtual rubber erasers this week. Skedaddle on over to see what other bloggers are erasing.