Today I took my kids to a McDonald’s Playplace, and immediately the scene had me feeling all sorts of ways. First, the music that was playing was from the 90s, making me reminisce on my senior year of high school and wondering how in the WORLD am I going to be 41 in a couple of weeks?
Then, there were two women sitting directly across from one another, heads propped up with one hand, scrolling on their phone with the other. If you have read my previous post about cell phones, you already know this bugs me to no end.
Having said that, I was sitting there trying not to judge because 1) I do it too, 2) maybe this was the only break they’ve had from their kids all day and they just wanted to zone out with Facebook for a few, or 3) maybe they were doing something productive like reading a book or balancing their finances. At any rate, I gave them the benefit of the doubt.
The Older Gent
Meanwhile, there is an older gentleman (I presumed a grandpa) just sitting there watching the kids play. I realized that he is the pre-smart-phone generation and therefore may not even own one. But the point is: he could be bored or content to watch the kids play, but he was present and in the moment, which made me happy.
All the while, my kids plus four others were happily playing on the playground and talking to each other even though they just met moments ago. I hope they never lose this- making conversation with strangers. It seems so easy when we’re kids, then we grow up and keep to ourselves. Why do we do that?
The Wee One
A few minutes before we left, a couple and their small son came in. He looked to be about 4 years old, and his father gave him a tablet that was playing a video. The poor little thing just stood there in the middle of the restaurant watching the video while the other kids were playing. Even after his dad called him several times to come sit down, he just stood there, eyes fixed on the screen.
Now, I let my kids play on my phone and computer as much as the next person, but it just made me sad to see this little boy so intrigued by a screen that he didn’t want to go have fun and socialize with the other kids.
I really have no “spiritual application” for all my observations today, I just felt like sharing. It was interesting to see how different we all are and how we behave in society- an observation I never would have made had I been looking down at my phone 😉