“I didn’t pack my laptop.” Meaning, “I love you and I’m going to give you my undivided attention.”
“Thank you.” Meaning, “I love you, too, and I want your undivided attention.”
The hub and I were breezing down the highway heading toward one of our favorite weekend destinations. Instead of looking down into a computer, iPad or iPhone, I decided to spend our long weekend looking up and out.
Instead of Facebook, I studied my hub’s handsome face sitting across from me at lunch. His smiling blue eyes sparkling against a backdrop of sparkling blue water.
I looked down the beach at children on a swing set. Their sandy legs pumping them high as they tried to touch the sky.
Walking back from breakfast I saw a mom pushing a stroller, chatting on the phone while her child stared straight ahead in silence. I remembered when moms talked to their children on walks, pointing things out along the way, “car”, “doggy”, “truck”. I wondered what effect it would have on language development.
I noticed an older gentleman standing near the pier. I wouldn’t have seen him at all if I had been looking down at my phone checking e-mail. But today I was looking up. “Good morning”, I shouted. He asked me if I had gotten any good pictures. “I hope so”, I answered. “I’m trying to capture the glistening water.” We chatted for quite a while. He told me he lived in town. Alone. He told me about all the changes over the years. He gave me tips on where to get good, fresh food. I gave him someone to talk to. I’m glad I didn’t miss it.
On the long drive home I played the alphabet game with my hub. I looked out at the forests and the farm land. I praised God for His amazing artistry. Life is short and I don’t want to miss any more of it.