Five Minute Friday: See

Five Minute Friday: See

It’s Friday. Hip hip hooray! Today I’m joining The Gypsy Mama again to write for five minutes on her weekly prompt. No editing or rewriting allowed. Click on the link to her site if you want to try it, too. The prompt this week is “See”.
It’s something I’ve been thinking about. A lot. Whenever I answer, absent-mindedly “Umm hmmm . . . that’s neat, sweetie.” My eyes trained to the computer screen.
And not hers.
Do I really see them? These children who get bigger every second. When I look away for a moment. A moment turns into an hour . . . for what?
It’s one thing to spend a little time researching something, answering email, checking Facebook with a reason. Or writing. All that has its place. And taking a chunk of time out of a day filled with mundane tasks so I can catch up with friends a little bit. Well, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that.
But when I type my password on the darkened screen for the umpteenth time, is it really worth it? Taking my eyes off of theirs? Looking at the glowing screen again just because it lights up certain centers of my brain. What do I need to see on there so desperately? What could be better than the big brown eyes, fringed with the longest lashes I’ve ever seen, that look at me with admiration, taking in the lessons I’m living for these few short years.
Can I close my laptop for a moment and really see her?

  • Christina Lang
    Posted at 11:34h, 01 June Reply

    This is something that I have been struggling with a lot lately. I am currently trying to work on a writing/reading schedule so that I am not always going back throughout the day and missing these precious milestones with my babies that we won't get back. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 11:38h, 01 June Reply

    How true your words are! Children grow up so quickly. I work with 3-4 year old children in a private school. Often at our class parties, I notice the parents present but they have their cell phones handy. I see them texting and not giving their full attention to these precious moments with their child. Those years pass so very quickly and we don't want to look back with regrets. Loved your post.

    Blessings and love,

  • Alison Treat
    Posted at 13:50h, 01 June Reply

    Thank you for the encouragement, Christina . . . and thank you for reading.

  • Alison Treat
    Posted at 13:50h, 01 June Reply

    Present, but not really present. So easy to do without realizing it. Glad you enjoyed my post, Debbie!

  • jancoxabetterway
    Posted at 15:08h, 01 June Reply

    Totally agree. My kids grew up before the Internet. They keep their Internet and TV to a minimum for their children and try to give them special attention. We still had the phone and TV as interruptions but I find the Internet much easier to get mesmerized in. I have to watch that I don't ignore my husband.
    Blessings on a great post and good thoughts.

  • Alison Treat
    Posted at 17:06h, 01 June Reply

    Thank you, Jan. I appreciate your thoughts. And here I am on the internet again . . .

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