There is something so important to the human soul that comes only from personally connecting. I know that sounds old fashioned, but even talking for real on the phone rather than texting is so much more real and deep in my opinion. We live in such a fast paced world that we sometime feel connected when really we’re getting more and more disconnected every day.
I’m not saying social media doesn’t connect, because it does and totally serves a purpose. I have loved learning and connecting here on this blog for so many years. I love that it connects me with my kids who are far away and with extended family and friends I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. I love that through the years I’ve been able to feel a real connection with blog readers who make me think. I love Marco Polo to know what my extended family is up to, I love seeing what friends are up to through their Instagram posts (and generally I do remember most of the things going on:)
But I don’t think we can ever underestimate the power of pushing a little extra to connect with others in a personal, real-life way.
I mentioned back HERE that our family goal is “CONNECT” this year…it’s our “one word.” I mentioned this in my I Am Mom summit talk, and also back in these “7 Motherhood Ideas I love” post back HERE, but one way I love to connect is a good lunch date with kids. It would be easy for this little tradition to die out once kids hit junior high and high school…just trickier to get them out of school and hustle to get them back in time.
But I love that these girls still want to meet up. Love looking across the table at this face:
And this one too:
(Oh how I’ll miss that face next year!!)
I’ve been going on this motherhood gig long enough that I realize a good thing when I see it. And a text from your daughter wondering if you can take her to lunch and your day happening to be able to fit it in is a “good thing.”
She took in the fact that Claire had kids over to make heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s (back HERE) and she carefully crafted her own pizza-making night the evening after.