I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.
Walking around, standing in line, passing strangers on the street, I have been looking, watching, pondering. It seems as if people are always looking down. Not just on one another, down in general.
Do me a favor. Go to lunch and sit in a restaurant for an hour. Bring a book, pretend to read. While you’re “reading” look around, take a gander. Take a long hard look at how couples or families interact. Chances are you’ll see one or more looking down. Their eyes and hands are busy. Not on one another, but on a device. Whether it is a cell phone, game system or other social media device, we are now more focused on things than one another.
Last Saturday I woke up and decided to visit one of my favorite places in the world. Barnes and Nobles, a great bookstore to browse, hang and get your favorite Frappucino. In case you’re wondering, I always request Double Blended so the ice doesn’t chunk up the straw causing me a bit of frustration.
While I’m sitting and doing my thing, I notice a little girl, back turned to me, sitting with her parents. It’s the day before Father’s Day. She appears to be 7 or 8, is fairly quiet and wearing a comfy summer outfit. They appear to be a pleasant family, enjoying a beverage, just hanging out. Something draws me to this family. Maybe it’s the fact Father’s Day is approaching and my dad is no longer present. Whatever the case, I spoke, asked her a simple question. “Psst! Hey! I have question for you,” I announce. Mom and Dad smile, look at their daughter and turn her in my direction. “So, tomorrow is Father’s Day, what did you get for your Dad?” She smiles, “It’s a secret! I can’t tell you!” Within moments we’re chatting, laughing and having an hour long conversation.