Alice's Attic: Make loved ones priority, not cell phones
September 02. 2014 1:19PM
We were in a Sioux Falls cafe having a nice lunch, but, also noticing the many people using their phones for texting while their children sat right beside them not having conversation with anyone.
A dad came in with his young teenage son. The dad was talking on his phone as they walked in, looking for a booth, still talking while ordering their breakfast, and then waiting to be served.
The son was such a sweet looking boy and just sat with his hands under him, watching his dad. I knew that it wasn't any of my business, but, yet, I felt sorry for the boy and wanted to ask the dad if he noticed him at all.
The waitress brought their food. I could not believe that the dad was able to eat and still talk on the phone the whole time until they got their bill. Not one time was there any conversation between the dad and son. It really broke my heart.
Friday, Dave and I were at a fast food place where a family of parents, grandparents, and two little children, about 3 and 5 years old, were sitting across from us. No one acknowledged the two cute, little children. The dad was on his phone busy texting. The grandparents were busy talking to each other.
If the children started to move off of their chairs, the dad told them "sit down." The grandmother got up to get more pop, so, the little boy and girl quickly came behind her. She turned around and also told them to go and sit down. Would it have been so hard to take their hands and let them go along to help?
I would rather write a happy column, but, when it comes to children and animals, I have to speak my piece. If I see any kind of abuse or neglect, I will be on their side and help if I need to.
I'm just saying, please be kind and loving and do this for your children---talk to them, for Heaven's sake, don't let them feel that your phone or whatever is more important so they are not your priority.
Those 18 years will go by so fast that it will make your head spin. You will be looking for your children, not your phone.