Life moves pretty fast.
If you don't stop and look around
once in a while, you could miss it.
I see (esp. young) people "socializing" over this layer of technology even when they're in the same room, sitting around the same table, or whatever. I'm seemingly always running my sons off of screens during the sunny weekend days. But, it's not just them, it's pretty much everyone. At fire-side gatherings, dinners, parties, even on the highway, there's that familiar picture of someone gazing at the phone, hoping to catch the next trending zinger, hoping not to miss out on that latest post or e-mail.
I do it, too, but lately I've removed social media apps from my phone in an attempt to stop. My engagement with social media is significantly less today vs a few years ago. But still, there are the texts, games, e-mails, etc. just one quick look or click away. I just sent a text with a picture of our dinner to my mom just last night. Ugh.
A lot has been written on this topic, so I'm not going any further. I certainly have done my share of staring at my own smart-phone, and still do. I have a very good friend, and we disagree about the nature of socializing virtually vs. doing it in reality. Thankfully, though, unlike so many other groups of people these days, we can live with this disagreement and still be great friends.
Ironically many of the pictures I have (many shown below) came from my smart-phone. So maybe that little thing isn't so bad after all. But let's take a break from the "sugar rush" of checking that latest notification.
I have realized it's
more important to live
the things we're living
than to publish the things
we're living so others can see.
So what was the real reason behind this blog post?
Today is my daughter's 19th birthday!
I was looking at pictures and so on on my computer, remembering all those things we've done over the years. It occurred to me in a real way how fast life goes by. Seems like yesterday we were driving to the hospital to get her delivered.
I started collecting up the photos and before I knew it there we were: together all these 19 years. My daughter has been there for me through thick and thin, and we've spent so many times together.
Here they are, some of them, brought together in a short tribute to our relationship.
Happy Birthday to my loving daughter, Amelia!