Friday. Day 5.
Today was an excellent day. I really want to attribute my fabulous mood to all the things I learned while being tech-free, but actually I think it was predominantly the weather. I also feel I should warn you that when I’m in a fabulous mood, I tend to run off on random tangents in my thought processes. I hope you enjoy these detours into the way my mind works.
Spring arrived early in Melbourne today, and I spent much of my time wondering how many comments there would be on Facebook. Especially from parents of little people – I’m learning that as a parent, the correct response to any sunshine is to immediately vacate the house and spend the day at the park. It’s been weird to learn the weather forecast from the nightly news instead of the comments on social media. If I think of it, I get all my updates about national, international and completely random news from social media trends. Speaking of…how did the word ‘trend’ become a verb? I object to something ‘trending’ on Facebook or Twitter. Why can’t it just by ‘getting a lot of coverage’ or ‘raising much discussion’? But I digress…
Today was excellent! One of those days where I could tangibly see the benefits of escaping the clutches of technology. I got things done! As in, not just the dishwasher and laundry, but I cleaned the microwave and the coffee machine AND I got to read some of the paper! At one point, I actually found myself wondering what else a good housewife does during the day, since I was obviously an excellent one! To digress again…my students would have phrased the above in 2 words: ‘Wife me’. I think the phrase is gender neutral and I like it – even if it does raise questions about my marital status (eg., if I got married 6 years ago, but only just figured out how to clean the microwave, at what point did I get ‘wifed’? And can you take the phrase that far? Can the verb ‘to wife’ become a past tense adjective ‘I have been wifed’? Can you be ‘wifed’? Perhaps in Europe). Anyway, I like the phrase, and I chose to adopt it for the day. I’m sure Batman will be thrilled to know that pop culture has confirmed the validity of our marriage.
So, having jettisoned technology, I had managed to achieve wife status and asked important grammatical questions. And this was all before 11am. These enormous feats of success achieved, I even had time to sit and pray. To just check in with God, and apologise for how long I’d been neglecting our relationship. It was awesome to pray for my friends, to freak out on Him over possible names for Pip, and to ask his advice. It was particularly nice to do this while Stitch slept for more than 90 mins, and while the sun streamed through our back window.
Wife? Check! Super-Spiritual Christian? Check! Excellent Mother (because today I’m taking credit for completely arbitrary factors influencing how long my daughter sleeps)? Check!
And on the way to pick up Batman from work, while stuck at the same lights again, all I wanted to do was update my Facebook status to share how good my day was. Which left me wondering…How many times have I substituted actually feeling things – and even processing them - with posting an update about those feelings? Have we allowed our addiction to technology to stunt our emotional IQ?
Carrie Bradshaw Impersonation? Check.