Face Time

He thought he’d told the stories about when his father took him and his siblings on camping trips well but when he looked expectantly in the rearview all he saw was his children’s bent heads, each intent on a device.

They had badgered and begged for those devices and as a divorced father who wanted to maintain contact with his children he of course acquiesced and bought them, but contact remained old-fashioned negotiation via his ex’s landline, his old number, and bordered on bribery and coercion; this ended up a costly trip, but he was confident the payoffs would be immeasurable, once the kids got into it.

“Hey, when we get to the campground I have a present for you.” That got their attention.

When they got to the campground he collected all their phones and ipads and locked them in the trunk, then welcomed them to the present.

“Ah, Dad, get real.”

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29 thoughts on “Face Time

  1. Thought-provoking as usual.
    The question is: will it work?
    The answer, imo, is to be found in the role of the distractors, i.e. tablets and phones and such. Back in the day, such a scenario can be easily imagined, except the distractors, books and comics and Mad Magazines did not have real people/a real world inside of them. We (back in the day) might have been tempted out of our heads, our imaginations.
    The challenge for Mr. Divorced-Dad is far greater. He must tempt the children away from their friends.

    Fun Six. yo

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  2. I did that to my son when he graduated from high school. I’ve lost it somewhere when I moved, but I had this wonderful photo of him standing beside the van with a very satisfied grin on his face.

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  3. Excellent 6, D. We live in such a different world with far different challenges for parents than when we were kids. I fully support your main character. Someone needs to step up to remind young people that it’s actual living human beings who are the important components in life! And yet, and yet, you have babies handed little toy ipads to occupy their time. Say good bye to critical thinking, to being able to extract information, interpret information. Everything is provided children now at the click of a mouse or button. Where is the creative challenge in that?!

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