Back in the Dark Ages

Had a frustrating day today.

Came off a nice weekend and had hoped for a good chunk of productivity before Seth returned from pre-K today.

Well…you’ve no doubt heard the expression….we make our plans, and G-d makes his. Today was one of those days.

I was in the kitchen just about done heating up my lunch, thankfully, when everything blew. All power got zapped in the house. This is our second electrical outage in two weeks. WAY too many by my standards!

As a work-at-home mom, this threw my whole day out of whack. As someone who relies heavily on computer usage, particularly email, I was no longer in constant communication (maybe this is a good thing?!). I could still access email on my Treo phone, but it’s not the same as having my lap top.

Luckily the phones still worked. And, it got me thinking. In a way, I felt like I was living back in the dark ages, and it made me uneasy.

What did we do before computers? We relied on phones, and there is something to be said for that.

As a 40 something mom, I did not grow up with computers. It is different for Seth. While just 5, he already knows how to operate my computer on a basic level. It’s truly amazing. It is quite second nature to him.

I was speaking with another mom on the phone today, and she said I should just go with the flow. Perhaps the universe was trying to tell me something? Was this meant to be an afternoon for me to chill? To tame some of my workaholic tendencies? Maybe. But, instead it just led to immense frustration. I have never been good about turning off my work ethic.

Seth played nicely and managed to cope without his after school television fix. I was glad to see that. There is a time when families years ago didn’t have tv, and they survived. Families were happy, and children thrived.

Do we have too much technology these days? I don’t know…but I do know that life seems more complicated….or perhaps involved.

Does it feel that way to you?

  1. 2 Responses to “Back in the Dark Ages”

  2. It’s definitely a new age! I love technology, and don’t think we have too much; but I am annoyed at how fast things change and having to keep up with the “new and improved” version of everything (“Update again? Didn’t they come up with the new and improved version last week?”). Of course, at some point I will have to just give up and let my daughter be, like, so embarrassed at her Luddite mom.

    By Sang-Hee on Mar 11, 2008

  3. We were without power for two and a half days. It was traumatic. And the no communication aspect of things was almost worse than not being able to cook… or heat the house except by way of the fireplace.

    By butterfly-like on Mar 14, 2008