While the picture above may insinuate that life is down the toilet, let us take a step back an use the idle time this particular event has given us to investigate the world we inhabit. This is especially instructive to our bored milling about children and grandchildren.
There is a world beyond phones and TVs.
The places we live in, for instance. Do you know how that toilet works? How about the furnace? The refrigerator? Your car? Your phone? They’re not magic, but they provide a useful service, so it might not be a bad idea to invest a little time to see what makes them tick.
Not mechanically inclined or completely disinterested? What about cooking? Try crafts like knitting, sewing, quilting, painting, drawing; all the things we used to do, and that many still do, before we became dependant on other people and inanimate objects entertaining us. There is a rather magical quality to making something tangible with your very own hands.
It’s Spring! Go outside. Garden. While we may be losing our minds, or bored out of, nature is doing its thing. The trees are flowering as are the lillies and other early Spring flowers. Spend some time with them. People at one time spent the greater part of their lives outside. Sure it was back-breaking labor, but we’ll leave that aside till society falls apart.
We can read and make up stories. Humans have been making up stories since forever. We like to entertain each other. It’s fun. Have a friendly competition to see who can come up with the mose bizarre, most goofy, most thrilling story, and the winner gets to choose what ice cream you’ll have when you’re done.
My favorite is double chocolate mooses tracks.
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