The other morning, my son told me something important without ever speaking a word.
It was early and I heard him calling for me to come to his room.
I grabbed my glasses and my phone and walked into his room. I sat down in a chair near his bed and put my phone on his dresser.
We were playing this game that we play where I ask him questions and he responds with growls and groans that sound similar to our geriatric terrier.
We both know this is silly and he loves when I lean over and pretend to pet him like I do the dog.
He sat up begging for more and I obliged. Without words, he let me know that he loved the petting, the game, the attention.
As he got out of bed, he saw my phone on his dresser. He growled. I didn’t initially get his message and continued the play talk in the same tone.
He stared at the phone and growled some more and this time I noticed.
“My phone? You don’t like my phone?”
He confirmed it with his impersonation of our dog. I hugged him and pet his head before he walked into his bathroom to get ready for the day.
At that point, the barking and dog talk was over; however, I was still thinking about the phone reaction.
If I’m being honest, I have my phone with me a lot. An awful lot.
I check personal and blog email.
I’m writing and uploading blog posts.
I’m texting, tweeting & Facebooking.
I’m capturing words or phrases or ideas for my writing.
I’m asking Siri for answers and researching questions that my TBP throws at me.
Usually, I think this is okay but now I’m not so sure. This game made me wonder if maybe I had it too much.
So, what do you think? Is your phone too present, too much?