For our recent trip to South Beach Miami,
Patrick, my 16 year old, declares that it should be a technology free vac- a.
"Say whaaat?", we thought while rubbing our ears and eyes. Whose kid is this anyway?
Ok, we all agreed, as we put our phones on the table.
It was thumbs up by all attending parties.
Beautiful South Beach. Aaah. Nice place to warm your winter bones.
Who needs a cellphone?
I mean Patrick is right. We are all so addicted.
And it is quite the topic of conversation these days.
Coincidentally, this cartoon was in the New Yorker magazine I was reading on the beach.
The caption reads;
" We loved Tuscany. The cell reception was fantastic and the Wi-Fi was to die for"
And it's not just the kids, as Patrick was emphatically pointing out.
Looks like he's in good company as this NYTimes article
Smartphone Limits Go For Parents Too by Perri Klass, MD
seems to agree that parents are guilty too.
Alright, maybe the kid was on to something. I started to look around and what do you know? Technology was all around us. Here's a family I stealthily snapped by the pool. Each engrossed in their devices. (Well, wait ok, one took a break to show the other one something on his device but you get the point.) They could be stuck in an airport somewhere....alone...and not know the difference. Am I right?
Really. Isn't the point of a family vacation to spend time together....
...sharing good food, like this cuban tuna ceviche...
...taking walks on the beach...
...teasing the big guy about his smoothie habit....
...or enjoying some Mexican food and great conversation????
And reading , a book, on the beach is divine.
Here Katie, is preparing to lounge with Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
She was rationing the pages 'cuz it was sooo good.
Luckily for her I was racing through Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (hilarious!!! read it in a day!!!) so she could read it next. Phew.
But like weeds in the veggie garden, the technology creeps back into our lives.
Can't go for a run without some music!
(Neither can I , Katie)
And the cabana does make an awfully nice office, doesn't it??
And how could I take a selfie while waiting at the elevator without my cellphone???
Great service down by the beach.
What were you saying about no cellphones at the table???
Yeah. Nice try Mr. Sanctimonious.
And puhlease. I wish I had a picture of Patrick and I playing catch on the beach.....while he was texting his girlfriend at the same time.
But ok, even though we found ourselves non-compliant from time to time, the idea was a great one.
Making our vacation as technology-free as possible did enhance our time together, no doubt about it!
It also helped us to not miss a thing, to be entirely in the present,
while enjoying the beautiful South Beach sun.
Because all too soon, this is what we looked down upon out of the airplane window.
Not much melted while we were away.
But that's okay.
Bye Katie. Back up to school she goes, giant Teddy in hand.
Certainly no cellphone action going on in that car!!
And thanks for the idea of no cellphones Patrick.
It was a nice try,
and a great vacation!
Less cellphone time=more family time!
Love your body, eat your carrots and like Patrick says,
love each other not your cellphones!