So, we went on vacation to Blairsville, GA and I cannot begin to tell you how AWESOME it was. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen, and one of the best vacations I have ever been on. We stayed at a friend’s cabin and the view was insane – mountains behind us as far as the eye can see and surrounded by woods on all sides. We got up there and when still about an hour and a half from the cabin we lost cell phone service up in the mountains. So we get to the cabin and we have no cell phone, no phone – period, no TV, no Internet – it was GLORIOUS! We had a great time simply hanging out and being a family. We played board games, went hiking through the woods, went to the Annual Sorghum Festival, went to the top of Brassbald Mountain (the highest peak in GA), I tell you the list goes on and on. It was nothing like I had ever experienced as an adult – the fun of being away from it all, and the joy of watching my children experience all of these things for the first time.
Being away from everything and all electronics also showed us what it was like to be just with each other. It was the best possible thing that could have happened to us. In fact, we have decided to be “unplugged” at least one day a month for now on. Our children not only got this amazing adventure for a holiday, but they also got our undivided attention. That for sure is a rarity. I don’t think we truly understood how much our children needed that until we saw them when they got it.
I spend all of my time with my children due to homeschooling and you would think that would be enough. But this is not the case. When I am with them as educator, that is the hat that I am wearing. But when we are sitting around watching TV, quite often I am on my computer either working or surfing the web for research. This is an important distinction, one I had not realized, but important nonetheless. We are more important to our children than we realize and giving them our undivided attention is one of the best gifts we can give them. So I encourage you to do the same – unplug for a few days and see the change in your family. It will bring you closer together and enrich your lives more than you can imagine.