So this weekend was filled with baseball and softball. Saturday was opening day with a parade and games and seeing that 4 of 6 of our Pirate Ninjas are playing… well yeah… we were busy.
As I helped with the batting line-ups and warming up the munchkins to whack that ball… I looked around at all the “grown folks” in the stands. All the fields were full of playing kids so there were tons of parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles and other family watching. Tons of pictures taken and smart phones flashing to get images of their cherubs running bases.
The thing that amazed me was how many of these grown folks still had their heads down after shooting pictures. As if it couldn’t wait until AFTER the game to be posted to facebook. As if checking their status was more important than cheering for their child’s team. The amount of head-down-ism was astronomical.
Yes I took a few pictures. But then I put the phone away. I had to. I was helping and yelling and cheering for ALL the kids… because that’s what was required. At least by my standards it was required.
I’m not blaming or shaming just stating. I used to do it too. When my kids were around, I’d check my status or post something to the goog stream, in waiting rooms or the dentist office or at games or or or… yeah I stopped that. I forced myself to consciously stop incessantly checking my phone. A random text answered or sent is all I’ll do now during any activity. Those few minutes can be spent reading a short story or hearing the precious words of a little one or laughing or singing or listening or watching… them… with them.
I’ve resolved that mindfulness comes first. Images can be posted at another time… the internet WILL survive without me for a bit. It’s much more important to be present during the important times. With my head up and eyes shining and being completely present to the very best of my ability.
My children deserve that. I deserve that. I don’t want to miss a thing.