Monday, August 28, 2006

Are modern conveniences eroding our social network?

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Phantom Scribbler said...

Our yard is really too small for playing in. Between the trees and the *cough*weeds*cough wildflower garden, there just isn't space for running or ball-playing or much else. So we frequent the local park, and the playground, and the library; and we have met a lot of other children that way. We *do* walk to the convenience store (though we drive to the grocery store). The bank staff wouldn't recognize me, but the bakery staff would, and the hardware store staff, and the people behind the counter at the closest pizza place.

But honestly, between you, me, and the entire internets, there are plenty of afternoons where I dearly wish we could go outside without being seen. I love feeling like part of a community, but it can be exhausting to be always visible. There is a lot to be said for having an outdoor private space.

Miche said...

OOohhhhhh.....bakery staff.... Very Important People! Mmmmm......

I hear you on the "exhausting to be always visible." Some days we dodge well intentioned neighbours around these parts. *sheepish look* I feel horrible doing it -- but I usually feel worse if I don't!

I guess nothing, in the extreme, is good for everyone!