It’s good to step away from the computer.
Last week, I took my four boys camping in northern Wisconsin. It was a first for us, in a way — our first long-term camping trip. (If you can call five days long term. Since I was alone with four boys, I declare that you can!). It was also a first in that it was probably the longest any of us have been without screen, TV or computer in, oh, about five years.
Sad, isn’t it?
We’ve gone up North (Up Nort’, as my fellow Wisconsinites tend to say) for years, but in years past, we’ve rented a cabin. And in years past, we’ve always packed along my laptop computer. In case of rain, we said. You know, so the kids could watch a DVD instead of driving us crazy. And generally, they did. I also had a bad habit of bringing it out to do “just a little work,” while their Dad pulled it out at night to play Solitaire.
But last week, camping on a simple, non-electric site in a state forest, we had no electricity. My laptop — still infected with a virus it caught over a month ago — remained home. And you know what? We had fun. We biked. We hung out at the lake. We played mini-golf, went go-karting and toured the area. We spent time around the campfire. (Did you know that 1) boys are more likely to eat food cooked over a campfire and 2) more likely to remain in the vicinity while you cook if you cook over a campfire?) Five days without TV, computers or Wii, and no one missed it.
Ok, not no one. Boy #4 *did* pretend my back was a TV while biking behind me down the trail.
Have you gone screen-free, even for a short time? How did it work out for your family?