As much as I like the idea of becoming a Hermit and living in seclusion, I really do like connecting to the outside world in some regards.
Yesterday was a prime example. When we lived in Guatemala we became friends with a Guatemalan family. They are very dear to us and it left a huge hole in our hearts to leave them when we returned to the USA. The husband and wife are Manolo and Lourdes. They have three wonderful children… “Eddie”, Jose and Lucia.
These kids are what most American parents can only dream of. They are well behaved, happy and well adjusted. Their morals are impeccable. Basically, they are a total joy to be around and it’s easy to fall in love with this family.
I will never forget, one time I had to wait for someone to come meet with me and my dear sweet Lucia wanted to play a game. We had no cards or board games, etc. So she tore some cardboard into squares and hand drew figures on the squares. She made two squares for each figure. We sat there for nearly three hours and played “Memory”. It was easily one of the best days of my life and one I will never forget!!
How many kids in America would be so content and happy with such a simple way to pass time? Not many I know. Heck, I had dinner with a family here in the USA last week. Their son couldn’t even sit through dinner at a restaurant without complaining that it was time to get on the road. He had an iPad with him and played with it the entire time during dinner. How was his life going to change if they got on the road? He was going to still be sitting and still be playing on his iPad. Geesh. It really offended me.
Rudeness… a great American trait. It’s that sort of thing that makes me want to be away from society more than anything.
But yet, I do want to be connected. I like writing this blog and being exposed to the world through it, etc. Yesterday was another example of why I want technology in my life… I was able to use Facebook’s video call feature and talk with my friends in Guatemala. It was awesome to see their faces and hear their voices again. I cried like a baby to see the dear sweet children again. I am so glad we all found each other on Facebook yesterday. It was a missing to not have them in my life.
I guess the challenge in becoming a hermit is to throttle how I use technology. It’s easy to get sucked into all the parts of the American society that I can’t stand. ie: politics; personal drama; fighting; arguing; etc.
It’s tempting to get sucked into all that nonsense. The trick is to just limit it and know when to walk away, or in the case of the computer… when to go to a different site.