However, things are changing. Oh, they are changing. Bodies are changing, skin is changing, attitudes are changing, and the desire to watch more stuff on screens is growing, especially as our previously homeschooled children come in contact with 'the real world', public school, and friends who often have grown up with screens being an ever-present part of their lives--who can't even imagine a home without a TV (that works).
There are things we love about our access to media--we watched an awesome TEDtalk tonight:
Boyd Varty talks about Ubuntu
Last week, during Hanukkah we FaceTimed with our friend while she read us The Channukah Guest and we ate latkes. Gosh, that was lovely.
And then, there are the things we don't like--Mama gets sucked in, friends come over with their new toys and children forget that there were ever craft projects, or imaginative play, or building projects or anything, besides "The Glowing Rock" so called after another of our beloved books, The Wretched Stone, By Chris Van Allsburg
In the interest of integrity, I unplugged for a few days, just felt what it was like to not be constantly looking at my phone (why?) and removed my computer from the kitchen, pulled out some of my many homemade gift projects and spent time just being. It was refreshing.
And then, the pipes froze and we had no water for 2 days. Wow! That'll make you appreciate water. I am aware that many people spend much of their day in the acquiring of water. In order to actually have any water, all I had to do was drive to the store and fill up my big 3 gallon bottle. I did not have to walk for miles and carry the water by myself. Oh water, how much I take you for granted!
I also tend to take my family's and my own health for granted. As several loved ones fight much bigger health battles this winter, our little flu bug hardly seems worth mentioning. However, when it's bad enough to put folks in bed or on the couch for days, it certainly makes me realize how seldom we are sick. More garlic, more elderberry, more tea, more essential oil, and more enjoyment of this healthy life--to these things, I raise my glass (of cider vinegar infused water!).