Take a picture of this – – in your car on the highway; silver SUV from a distant State next to you, two small kids in the back, each with their eyes glued to their own mini TV screen in front of them, parents up front enjoying blissful silence.
Everyday scene, right? Now ask yourself how far they’ve traveled with the kids watching movies or playing video games, not paying attention to the world passing them by; not seeing the sights or asking, “What’s that big building over there, Dad?”. How long have they been basically ignoring the natural and man-made scenery all around them?
Back in the ’70s when I went on trips with my parents, they didn’t have the luxury of keeping me sidetracked with games or DVDs. We had the radio (I’ll talk about that another time). And we talked. We talked about the Statue of Liberty each time we saw it in the distance. I was once told of Boston’s place in the time of the American Revolution as we passed through that fine city. The discussion of Washington, DC while making our way to Virginia’s Luray Caverns spawned a future trip to the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The list goes on…
Maybe I’m just getting older and being nostalgic. I’m just happy I didn’t have a DVD player in the backseat.