We had a power outage last Friday evening that lasted for just a few hours. I immediately went into Laura Ingalls mode (minus the braids, of course.) Lighting candles all over (mostly because the batteries in the flashlights were all dead) and firing up the fireplace so my munchkins would stay warm. In proper Laura mode, I let Pa do the fire-lighting.
I wish I could tell you that we roasted marshmallows and read the bible by candlelight but fruit snacks and Scooby Doo books were the order of the day (or evening, as it were). I like to think that even Laura Ingalls would appreciate Scooby Doo and the Bowling Boogyman.
So why am I telling you this? Because when all of the man made distractions were removed from our home, the tv, telephone, internet, washing machine, etc., I realized how little time I've spent directly interacting with my family lately. Those distractions can easily overshadow human connection...kind of like an addiction.
Do I take care of my family and serve them? Sure. All the time. But it's almost always with some other distraction that inhibits true connections and even eye contact. Do you spend a lot of time focused on the people that you love with no distractions?
Try it. Turn off all the distractions and spend an evening (or afternoon, or week, whatever) just interacting with your family. Does it feel normal and natural? Is it new and a little uncomfortable? Maybe you need more practice.
I know I do.
If you would like to read the previous posts in this series, click here.