[var rssXML]
The Times-Herald View Today's Print Edition

John Winters

Blogs

Angela McRae

Tea with friends

Deberah Williams

Everyday Finesse

Lorrie Lynch

Who's News

USA Weekend Tween Tribune - News For Tweens
Click Here

John Winters Columnist

Published Sunday, June 17, 2012

Kid-sitting by electronics

So I picked up this t-shirt at a Boy Scout camp a while back. On the back it reads:

“You could run out of food and die ...

You could fall off a cliff and die ...

You could be attacked by a bear and die ...

Or you could stay home and fall off the couch and die”

I’ll get back to the shirt in a sec. This past week the SONS of Thunder and yours truly played bachelor. Or I should say, I played bachelor, they played “when is mom coming home?”

The Little Black Dress was off in Oklahoma, fulfilling, as we like to say around our household, her purpose. She was serving as chaplain for the Miss Oklahoma pageant. That is her gift - empowering and equipping women to find their purpose in life; to help them discover what their legacy will be, or rather, should be.

Anyway so while The Dress is off empowering women, I’m trying to keep the house and the SONS in one piece. Ferrying them to various camps, cooking meals, grocery shopping, getting the yard in shape, wondering where that cobweb under the couch came from, is that a roach? and saying more than one time “quit dragging mud in the house I just mopped and swept and how many times do I have to tell you to keep the door closed ...”

Oh yeah, and trying to get my paid job done as well.

And lots of moms are reading this and going “and? ... welcome to my world.” I have a tremendous respect for single-working parents.

And I will shamefully admit, with head bowed, I occasionally surrendered to the Great Electronics Babysitter In The Sky. Playstation, Wii, Xbox, iPod, or the old-faithful, television. Pick your poison.

I had my reasons - they did their chores; they played outside; they read; they helped cook; and frankly, I was just exhausted.

And truth be told, I enjoy wiping out a few zombies myself every now and then. I mean they stink, they are the proverbial bull in a china shop if they get in your house, and they have this rather rude tendency to want to eat your brains.

But when the SONS are using dinner time to discuss various strategies to defeat whatever or whomever, or how to find the sacred regeneration pack, or the best weapon for a particular zombie, it’s time for action.

So this past Saturday we hit the trail. I was not going to get the wrath of The Dress because one of them fell off a couch. She might understand a bear, but not a couch.

So the SONS of Thunder, along with the two SONS of Lightening, their dad and I head out for the trail. No electronics allowed.

The silence is deafening. No gunfire, no screaming, no moans of “brains!!!!” Instead, we hear birds, and squirrels. We see a deer.

And the majority of comments center around the same theme - instead of “are we there yet” as is the norm in a car, it’s “how far do you think we’ve walked.”

The various SONS would debate our length at roughly every turn in the path. At one point they pretty much agree it’s been a mile.

“Two hundred yards?” I ask Dad No. 2. “Maybe two-fifty,” he responds. Distance must be an age thing.

We did not run out of food. We did not fall off a cliff. We were not attacked by bears. But we did get off the couch.

During that hike I was thinking about The Dress and her devotionals with the contestants - about leaving the right legacy. In fact, that was how she ended each talk - “what will your legacy be?”

As parents, our greatest goal is to help our kids find their purpose; to determine what they will leave as their legacy. All the electronic games in the world will not help sort that out. Instead, we need to get off the couch and move toward our destiny.

But we all need a break every now and then. We are home from the hike. And zombies await.

*********

John Winters is a staff writer for The Newnan-Times Herald. His personal blog (Just Flip The Dog) is at http://justflipthedog.com .

Comment On This Story

Times-Herald.com does not necessarily agree with the comments posted below. Responsibility of comments rests solely with the writer. Comments posted in ALL CAPS will be deleted.

Submission of a comment does not guarantee publication. Comments will be posted by a moderator after being scanned for abusive language, relevance, etc. See our Comments FAQ for more details.

Most Popular

  • Viewed
  • Emailed
  • Commented
  1. Obituary: Ms. Dawn Michelle Kraker, 41, of Newnan, GA, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born on Jan. 26, 1973. She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Roberts Jr. Dawn is survived by her parents, Billy and Carol Parmer of Concord, GA; daughter, Sabrina Kraker of Griffin, GA; son, Joshua Kraker of Fayetteville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Randy Moore of Concord, GA; niece, Hailey Moore of Concord, GA; nephew, Gage Moore of Concord, GA; grandmother, Wanda Bailey of Senoia, GA; and many other family members and friends. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. She will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.
  2. Obituary: Ms. Dawn Michelle Kraker, 41, of Newnan, GA, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born on Jan. 26, 1973. She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Roberts Jr. Dawn is survived by her parents, Billy and Carol Parmer of Concord, GA; daughter, Sabrina Kraker of Griffin, GA; son, Joshua Kraker of Fayetteville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Randy Moore of Concord, GA; niece, Hailey Moore of Concord, GA; nephew, Gage Moore of Concord, GA; grandmother, Wanda Bailey of Senoia, GA; and many other family members and friends. A visitation be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. She will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.
  3. With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off
  4. Obituary: Mrs. Janice LaVerne Jones Carter Cauthen departed this earthly life on July 21, 2014, at the age of 82, 31 days before her next birthday.
  5. Obituary: Ms. Rachael Marie Hamil, age 20, beloved daughter of Jeanne and Tom, passed away unexpectedly after a brief hospitalization on July 20, 2014.
  6. Deaths published on 7/23/2014
  7. Obituary: Kimberly Jean Melchiorre, 49, of Sharpsburg, Ga., passed away at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, July 18, 2014.
  8. Arrest Log for 7/23/2014
  9. Restaurant Inspection for 7/23/2014
  10. Swords barely misses cut at USGA Girls Amateur
Week In Review »
  1. Obituary: Ms. Dawn Michelle Kraker, 41, of Newnan, GA, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born on Jan. 26, 1973. She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Roberts Jr. Dawn is survived by her parents, Billy and Carol Parmer of Concord, GA; daughter, Sabrina Kraker of Griffin, GA; son, Joshua Kraker of Fayetteville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Randy Moore of Concord, GA; niece, Hailey Moore of Concord, GA; nephew, Gage Moore of Concord, GA; grandmother, Wanda Bailey of Senoia, GA; and many other family members and friends. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. She will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.
  2. Obituary: Ms. Dawn Michelle Kraker, 41, of Newnan, GA, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born on Jan. 26, 1973. She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Roberts Jr. Dawn is survived by her parents, Billy and Carol Parmer of Concord, GA; daughter, Sabrina Kraker of Griffin, GA; son, Joshua Kraker of Fayetteville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Randy Moore of Concord, GA; niece, Hailey Moore of Concord, GA; nephew, Gage Moore of Concord, GA; grandmother, Wanda Bailey of Senoia, GA; and many other family members and friends. A visitation be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. She will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.
  3. With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off
  4. Obituary: Mrs. Janice LaVerne Jones Carter Cauthen departed this earthly life on July 21, 2014, at the age of 82, 31 days before her next birthday.
  5. Obituary: Ms. Rachael Marie Hamil, age 20, beloved daughter of Jeanne and Tom, passed away unexpectedly after a brief hospitalization on July 20, 2014.
  6. Deaths published on 7/23/2014
  7. Obituary: Kimberly Jean Melchiorre, 49, of Sharpsburg, Ga., passed away at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, July 18, 2014.
  8. Arrest Log for 7/23/2014
  9. Restaurant Inspection for 7/23/2014
  10. Swords barely misses cut at USGA Girls Amateur
Week In Review »

© 2011 The Newnan Times-Herald Inc., Newnan, Georgia. Any unauthorized use, copying or mirroring is prohibited.