Technology vs Simple Country Pleasures


Windy Meadows FarmI think I've always had a sense of history ... always been drawn to things that are old. Old houses, weathered barns, vintage signs ... they all pull me in. And while few of us remember when dandelions or mustard greens were gathered on the farm, still fewer remember when milk was churned into butter, vegetables kept fresh in the cellar, or the sound of whippoorwills late at night. All those simple country pleasures.

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There's something deeply personal about those hard-won memories. And while I admit only the whippoorwills are a part of my past, I often wonder if today our fast-paced, wi-fi world is simply too soft. Emails and text messages have replaced lovingly handwritten letters. Home-cooked meals can sometimes still be found, often only on Sunday ... fast-food seems the norm. And while chatting with neighbors over the backyard fence was once so common, TV shows and video games now fill our evenings. 

Oh, I have a love/hate relationship with technology! Certainly it's opened up new worlds ... we can learn so much, and yet, I often think it's taken the place of good, old-fashioned "getting-to-know-you" moments.

While at lunch with my mother-in-law recently, I was saddened to see a mother and son at a nearby table ... both were on their phones. I don't know if they were playing games or surfing the net, but they were completely invisible to one another. Not once was there conversation or interaction during the meal. Finally, when it was time to leave, they looked up at each other.

At another table, I noticed two women being seated. The elderly woman appeared to be a mother to the second. She was dressed up, and appeared to be anxious for their time together. After being seated, she tucked her walker at the end of their table. I watched as the younger woman didn't take her eyes off of her phone ... again, surfing, playing games ... I don't know. But I could see the hurt in the older woman's eyes as she would talk, only to find the words simply hitting the back of the phone. She finally gave up, and her eyes wandered around the room.

10/8/2014 8:05:01 AM

Great post Mary. We share the same sentiments for sure. My husband and I enjoy just sitting in the grass and hand grazing our horses while the dogs run and play, the deer explore, and all manner of life surrounds us. I'm so happy to know that we are not alone in the simple pleasures life has to offer. Thanks for sharing! Jamie

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