Today is a little bit like this ….

I don’t pick up the mail
I don’t pick up the phone
I don’t answer the door
I just soon be alone
I don’t keep this place up
I just keep the lights down
I don’t live in these rooms
I just rattled around

I’m just a ghost in this house
I’m just a shadow upon these walls
As quietly as a mouse
I haunt these halls

Jay’s in Germany. The kiddies are all at school. Some people like the quiet. I don’t quite know how to be at peace in it.

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 As for this image. It is was a scene that bought me such joy and such sadness at once. I was walking through the quiet this morning and spotted this walking towards Bodie’s room { for this to make sense I suppose you need to know two things about us & our little Bambino house ; 1/we hate doors but our eldest has a curtain over his door to block out his light when the littlese have already gone to bed, hence the what I see under his curtain ….  and 2/a few months ago we got rid of our tv to encourage more ….. well more. The tv has since made a come back but electronics are limited to weekends only now or film nights } It is HARD sometimes. Sometimes it’s amazing and full of love and laughter and board games and cooking dinner together. Mostly it’s a bit of a struggle though, but the benefits are easy to see when you look.

Yesterday was a hard day. B was desperate to play on his new playstation he got for his bday { this is probably THE HARDEST part of the no electronics during the week rule; when you get a new present and are desperate to play with it NOW ! } There was a lot of huffing and puffing yesterday over there being nothing to do in the house and being bored. I am literally starting to think we are addicted to electronics. I had B asking for his phone to download music of the internet (despite owning many books with music in ??? ) and the other day I was reading a story with oska and he was asking me to ‘swipe left , swipe left mommy’!!!! *insert palm smacking my face here* It seems that electronic devices are such an integrated part of our lives , that we are literally forgetting how to do simple things without referring back to technology somehow. I see it in ourselves though when we have to write letters rather than going a million miles an hour typing on the computer, or when we choose to drive the 5 mins down the road to the shops rather than walk. It IS hard to readjust, and it’s not that we don’t want any technology thats ridiculous for us, we love our digital photography (obviously), cinema trips , and microwave popcorn too much (despite not owning a microwave for 6 years!). Then I heard the strumming and remembered why we have this ‘rule’. It would be easy to give in to myself, and geez let me tell you I really do want to sometimes when it’s dinner time and I am craving some peace and quiet. Then I stumble across a scene as simple as this whilst engulfed in the quiet….. a beautiful stream of light and a guitar and a a music pad, and I realise, those moments of no tv or video games led to our child revisiting old loves that came before the xboxes , play stations and ipads. It is definitely a sacrifice worth making, it is hard but it is most definitely worth it.

T~F~:

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