Monday, April 28, 2014

Little Moments

Dear Son,
Lately I've been feeling that I've been on my phone to often. I received an Iphone a while ago and was fearful that I would become addicted to it. I told myself that I would only check FaceBook and surf while you were napping... And then slowly I would start checking things while you were quietly playing by yourself. I could see this was the start of a downward spiral and then another blogger Mamma started posting about the impact that adult screen time has on children. I knew it was time for a change, so this weekend I deleted FaceBook, and Blogger off of my phone. I even moved the internet app to another location so it's not as tempting to surf. I was by no means ignoring you, I just want to make sure we never get to that point. So here we are, a new week, and a new promise. 
Life is in the little details. I don't want to miss out on them. Seeing you smile, watching you observing the world around you. Nope, I don't want to miss a minute. This weekend you started going up the stairs at a creep. I can't say you are crawling up them any more, but your not exactly standing either. I watched you put like blocks with like blocks, and slowly and carefully crouch down to observe a Ceder Waxwing that was laying stunned in the grass after drunkenly crashing into our window after gorging on berries. You did not try to hurt the bird (and he flew away a few moments later unharmed). You just stood there and observed. At one point you reached down oh so carefully to pet the bird, just barely touched it's tail, and stood back up watching again. I love how gentle you are. I am so glad that I didn't miss these moments.
Right now you are napping. My promise is that I will keep to only having screen time during your naps from here on out. That's the way it was originally meant to be, and now we have come full circle. When you have children of your own, remember that life is in the little things. You don't want to miss out. I don't know what the world will be like, but I can bet that there will be a greater media influence with different bits and bobs of technology vying for your attention. Don't forget the important things. Children grow up when you are not looking. 
With all my love, Shine on,


  1. This is a beautiful letter, and what a wonderful thing that you are recognizing the impact and making a commitment to both yourself and your son. One day he will read this letter and smile.

  2. Thank you Kim. I certainly hope he will enjoy reading these letters one day. Be well.