We've succeeded in keeping them as"unplugged" as possible. We've delayed the inevitable as much as humanly possible in this technological age. Fiona may be the only eight-year-old without a DS game or Wii or whatever it is kids play with these days. "AND IT'S NOT FAIR!" It's becoming more and more evident that the end is near. Technology is addictive and it's everywhere.
It's difficult to legitimize this type of play. All they're doing is sitting on a piece of plastic and making it move around. They're using energy that is not their own. Where's the educational value? Where's the creativity? Well, it's nowhere in sight.
But when we brought the giant, yellow piece of equipment out of its hiding place on Sunday, the smile and look of wonder on Fiona's face was enough to justify the crushing of our hopes and dreams. Laura looked at me and said: "Yeah, this was worth it." I agreed. Joy conquers all.
It's OK for them to just have mindless fun. They're kids. It's their job. Also, now, I can have my damn iPhone to myself again.