*snort* The title was a saying Mom and Dad used when they didn’t want us sitting and doing nothing when we could be out in the sunshine and moving around.
Something tells me that parents should start telling their children that today. From the time they get up until they go to bed at night, they have some kind of little box in their hands and something plugged in their ears. It might be the tv controls, the game controller (don’t even know what they call it!), the I-Phone, I-Tunes or I-Pad, texting, etc. etc.
They’re losing their imagination. There’s no need for them to think because information is there in their hands. And don’t for a minute think they’re smarter than we are because they know how to control their computer and whatever it is that they’re doing instead of thinking.
If my dad could see the generation now, he’d tell them to get outside and look at the clouds and see what pictures they could make of them, or play “What am I looking at?” that makes them think. He used to give me an old camera to take apart when I was sick. You know, the “old” ones that when you opened them up, the front came down and the camera extended on a little track? That was marvelous fun to see how it worked and imagine how it took pictures that later would be developed.
Heck, now I’d be bored as blazes. What’s interesting about a phone camera? It doesn’t come out on a track or have a flash bulb attachment that lit up the room when it went off!
So, if your kid is texting, or curled up on the couch playing games on some black little hand-held dohickee with his buddy a chair or block away or playing with face book, grab him/her by the ears and tell him to “Get a life!” Better yet, “Do your homework!”
They need to use their imagination. And fresh air. Play basketball, store, school, softball, look for grasshoppers or lizards. Do something that won’t give him/her arthritis in their hands when they’re twenty or make them wear hearing aids at thirty.
That’s my rant for today!
Did it strike a raw nerve? Sorry about that.