What’s the scariest thing you can think of for Halloween? Is it a chainsaw toting or knife wielding sociopath? Perhaps it’s the vampires or werewolves? Or maybe you are a little cautious about Pixie sticks coming into your children’s candy buckets?
Whatever your Halloween spook, living without the Internet probably ranks right up there among the most unnerving frights. Many people simply have no idea how to live without it. When a 15-yr old coaxial cable decided to fail unexpectedly, our household was suddenly thrust back in time 20 years when life was decidedly less ‘connected.’ If you ask the kids, who really have never known life without the World Wide Web, it was a worse than giving up cheese.
It certainly wasn’t an easy feat for anyone, save maybe Dad who connects at work. For starters, there was zero blogging for Mom. Reading posts from a small phone screen sucks, so none of that. Answering emails would also have to be put off (I don’t type with thumbs very well), and paying bills and reconciling accounts are more easily done electronically (they can wait, too). Off limits to the kids were binge watching episodes of Family Guy and scratching an immediate gratification itch with a DuckDuckGo search about their favorite YouTubers.
How did we live without the Internet for so long?
It wasn’t so bad. We emerged on the other side — a significantly more sunny one at that — perhaps a little wiser, more flexible to change, and a lot closer knit as a group.
We should do this more often.
Things We Scared Up, Unplugged For A Weekend
1. Read books
2. Played in the garden in anticipation of several days of storms
Let the Leaf Hoarding Begin
Pumpkin Seeds Growing
Front Bed Annuals Still Kicking
3. Carved pumpkins for Halloween. Yay!
4. Watched it rain
5. Snuggled on the couch
6. Played the Wii (Dad is still the 100-pin bowling champion)
7. Cleaned out the office file cabinet (waaaay too much paper)
8. Roasted pumpkin seeds
Coconut Oil and Pumpkin Pie Spiced
9. Watched scary movies and ate five bags of [vegan] candy (glad that’s all over)
10. Watch it rain some more
11. Splashed around in the storm water
12. Dined out at a favorite vegan restaurant in Houston
13. Snuggled in bed
14. Took turns giving massages
15. Built puzzles
16. Admired the artists’ handiwork
A First — 100% Kid-designed, Kid-carved Pumpkins
Life is so much better unplugged!
So…tell me. Are you addicted to the Internet?