Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hello, Hello

Matthew Cordell 2012

I have a love/hate relationship with technology.  For 2 years I didn't have a cell phone (when I tell people that they usually gasp.)  I actually loved not having one even though it drove everyone else around me nuts.   They could never call or text me when they wanted.  There's a wonderful sense of freedom in not being connected ALL the time.  Life goes on.  If I'm running late, there's no way to call, people will be fine.  Someone needs something at the store while I'm there but can't reach me, it's not the end of the world.  My kids had to learn that sometimes you just sit outside the school waiting for your mom to come hoping she remembered to pick you up (this was how I lived my life as a kid!).

I realized what a state we are in when I noticed at the Dentist office that I was the only one in the waiting room with an actual BOOK to read (everyone else was texting on their cell phones).

Don't get me wrong- I love my computer and the internet but after awhile it starts to make me crazy.  I want something tangible and "real" like a piece of  paper and a pen.  I get tired of looking at screens.

A couple years ago my husband gave me an iphone 5.  I had told him that I sort of thought I wanted one (mostly because of the cool camera apps everyone seems to be using).  I'm thankful for it and certainly use it (and waste time on it).   When I first got it my brother was excited to use "facetime" with me and my mom exclaimed "Now I can text you all the time!"  And I jokingly told a friend that our friendship will get better now that I have a cell phone to keep in touch.   Yeah, I guess this is the modern age.

That's why I love this book.  A little girl's parents and brother are so busy with their electronics that they don't have time for her.  So she ends up being lured outside by a leaf and saying "hello" to nature and her imagination.

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