Article by Wendy McCance
The holidays are in full swing. This is the time of year when people see family and friends, some of which haven’t been seen in a year or more. growing up, I remember trips back to Ohio where the majority of my relatives lived. It was a great time of year to catch up.
These days there are so many technological advances that every other person has iPads, video game systems, cell phones with a million apps stored on their phone and so on. How much of your time visiting is really spent with those around you? How often do you sneak off to peek at your electronic devices?
The world is changing. In many ways it has become so much better. It’s easier to find answers to questions. Staying in touch with those far away is a snap. But nothing can replace those moments when the people you care about most are right in front of you. They are sitting in your living room, sharing a meal and they are within hug distance.
My question is, how much do you really put into these visits? Are they still the cherished visits from our youth, or have they become taken for granted since you can connect on a daily basis?
Does it matter that they are right in front of you? Do you throw yourself into the experience when everyone is right there, or do you still get distracted by all you feel you might miss on an electronic device?
I hope my kids grow up with fond memories of moments with loved ones. I want them to have great stories that they can share of some fantastic times. I hope that having electronics all around them does not distract them from the importance of family and friends and the special memories that can be created when everyone gets together.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and the best year yet in 2014.