In the Moment
I realize that you are very, very important. And I imagine that you were on a very important phone call when you flew through the preschool parking lot this morning in your very expensive SUV. It must have been important because I also noticed that you weren’t paying attention to your kids in the aforementioned parking lot. I know this because I nearly ran over your little girl, around age two, who darted into the parking lot while you were impatiently shooing your son, around age four, out of the car. All the while….talking on the phone. Your daughter then proceeded to drop her lunch as she was crossing in front of me, crouched down to get it, tripped, and picked herself up. Knowing that you missed it as you were still on the phone.
Obvious safety issues aside, I was especially shocked to see that your very important phone call continued as you dropped both children to their respective classrooms, returned to your SUV, and spun out of the lot. As I wasn’t in either classroom, I would like to believe that you kissed your kids goodbye before getting back to the important tasks at hand.
I love my phone. A. Lot. And I too have a very important job. Two, actually. And one of those is being a parent. Parenting requires that we be present for our kids. Really present. In the moment. That’s not to say that issues won’t come up that must temporarily take priority. It just doesn’t seem as though a phone call ought to pull rank during those few morning moments with your kids.
And don’t think for a moment that your kids aren’t wondering why you aren’t focusing on them…
What else are you missing while you are on your very important phone calls?