Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcome to the 21st Century!

Dear Buckman Family, welcome to the 21st Century!

Somehow on Sunday, Bryan lost his cell phone at church. After about thirty minutes of searching (full on, hands and knees, searching) we gave up.

I have jokingly called our phones "dumb phones", because they are not smart. Not even a little bit. They send texts when they're in the mood, they receive texts when they feel like it, and there are absolutely no hoops that these phones will jump through for us. They stink.

So I called the company an asked them to put Bryan's account on hold, and while I was on the phone, the guy mentioned that we were due to resign our contract soon, and that we'd be eligible for discounts on new phones. Hoorah!

So long story short (too late), we are now the proud owners of our first smart phones. And boy, oh boy, are these things smart?! I can talk to them, and they listen, and understand. And they know where I am at all times, even if I don't. And I'm only beginning to figure out all that we have been missing, even if we didn't know we were missing it. It's crazy. And it's fun.

But tonight, we were at the mall, and the kids were playing in the play place, and we realized something. We were both sitting there, staring at our new fandangled pieces of technology, and while we were physically present with our kids, we weren't really even paying attention to them. It's true, the 21st century is a great place to be for many reasons, but I can already tell that I will need to be proactive in choosing to put that thing away, and to be present with my family.

In other news... today I asked Bella what she wanted to eat for dinner. She said "pizza".  I said, "Eh. We just had pizza the other night, and I don't think dad will want to eat pizza again." She replied, "Well, dad just needs to learn that you get what you get, and you don't get upset." I smiled, and stifled a laugh, and then we made pizzas. (And dad was fine with it.)



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