No media. For one day. Electronic blackout. Is it possible?
That was the question we posed this past Saturday. Rob and I wanted to try one whole day without computers, DVD players, televisions, blackberries, etc.... nothing.
Could we survive?
Let me back up. Rob and I have been very convicted lately about the amount of time we spend on the computer and/or watching TV. And honestly, we don't watch that much TV. It's never on just as background noise. We only have it on to watch certain shows. And we really don't get on our computers much except in the mornings and then late at night after the kids go to bed.
But still.... how much more could we do without all that stuff? How much more would we notice? Would our quality time with the kids seem more meaningful? So we tried. And here's my observations on the day.
I woke up with the kids and that was the hardest part of the day. THE hardest. Normally we would go downstairs and they would watch one cartoon while I had coffee and checked e-mail and the news on my computer. We couldn't do any of that. So we took out Bennett's dollhouse and just played together. First thing in the morning. Whew. That was hard for this girl who is not a morning person.
Then I made pancakes. And the kids helped. Usually I would let them finish their cartoon so I could work in the kitchen alone, but they helped me instead. Bennett measured things and Will stirred.
I won't lie and say that I wasn't just itching to get on my computer. I realized that I have an addiction. A serious addiction. I was dying just to check e-mail, hop on a news site, see what I had missed overnight. It was HARD. Isn't that sad?
I won't bore you with a play by play of our day, but the result was that we got SO much more done around our house, played with our kids a lot more, and just engaged in our family. We spent most of the day away from our house, but when we were home we worked on projects and just got down on the floor and played with the kids. We have decided to do it once a month and I can't wait for the next one. It's so nice to know that turning on the TV, the blackberry, and the computer just isn't an option. It changes everything.
And a disclaimer- the experiment ended precisely at 7:00. I'm not a fool. Do you really think I would have missed watching Alabama beat the crap out of Florida? I think not.
A family of red heads. Of course. And quite a fun one at that. Oh, and our last name is Webster. Hence the name, "The Red Webs." You may now proceed with your blog surfing.
I desire nothing more than a relationship with Jesus Christ. I am a constant Proverbs 31 work in progress. I have seen Gone With the Wind 50 times, watched every episode of I Love Lucy, and read the Anne of Green Gables series more times than I can count. That says a lot. Far too much, actually.
"For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking."