Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Status Quo

I haven't posted for a week and I hadn't even realized it. I have not been really busy, but more of my life takes place face to face when I am in the States. Instead of e-mailing friends I call them up and we go out for coffee. Instead of scheduling Skype calls with my family we sit down together and play a game on a whim. Thus, my computer sits neglected and forgotten.

I have to admit that I don't miss it. I think lots of things we spend our time on we wouldn't miss if we had found something better. Sometimes we have found something better we just don't realize it. For example, I didn't miss TV when I first left my parent's home. My roomates and I didn't get TV channels and life was perhaps even nicer with books and real people instead of the flashing light box.

So, I haven't missed my computer or spending hours reading e-mails and checking the news. I know I will go back to that when I move back overseas this fall. For when I am there, that lifestyle is the way to communicate with my dearest friends and my wonderful family. But for now, for me, things like sight, touch, and smell are gifts much too beautiful to give up for telephone calls and feelingless typed words.


e-Mom said...

Completely understandable! Besides, with summer weather, who wants to be inside. Enjoy your family and friends, face-to-face. :~)

Nick Jesch said...

Well, Miss C, remember this---there is a season for everything. Now is the season for the face to face, warm, visible, time together sorts of exchanges. Make the most of it. Interesting, but Tim Challies just posted a very similar thing this morning..he and family are on holidays in a cabin by a lake...no phone, internet, TV, the cell doesn't even go there. He's enjoying it too...flyspecks on a plastic screen are dim shadows of real encounters..though they, too, have their place.