Let me start off this by saying, I love all the inventions that have helped me during the day. I'm thankful that I don't have to run to an outhouse in the pouring down rain with a toddler who's learning to potty train (or watch out for snakes). I'm thankful that I do not have to split wood to build a fire for heat or cooking. I'm thankful I don't have to haul water up from the creek or well to boil to do laundry or make bathwater (and I'm very thankful for daily showers). I'm thankful I don't have to scrub the laundry on a board, hang it to dry, and iron everything. I'm thankful I don't have to make every single meal from scratch and the kids can have cereal sometimes. I'm thankful for my dishwasher. I'm thankful for electricity and the ability to keep current with friends and family so far away by telephone and computer. I'm thankful I don't have to rise early to feed the chickens and milk the cow. I'm really thankful I don't have to skin anything to cook it.
So, why is it that we never have time? Our society is constantly rushing around -here or there. We're always in a hurry. By the end of the night I'm exhausted and have to force myself to do bedtime reading. We haven't done any game nights in a while. Movie night is about once a week, but whatever happened to the times where the family sat around the fire and played games, read, or talked to each other. I long to just sit in a chair in the evening and do a little sewing or knitting while the kids play a game.
Maybe its just me, but our inventions seem to have made us busier and less time for family. We also don't appreciate the little things, and our society tries to "keep up with the Jones'". I noticed lately how much of my time is "sucked" away by the computer. Sometimes, I just sit there because I can-no reason whatsoever. So, I'm limiting my computer time to fifteen minutes a day, unless its my schoolwork. I will then have time to post to my blog once or twice a week. I don't watch alot of tv now so that's not an issue. Maybe now, I'll have time to finish everything during the day and get some quality family time in.
Or maybe I just watched too many Little House on the Prairie episodes while the kids were sick this week!