Family Vacation Time: Put Down The Damn Smart Phone!



I was a late adapter to smartphones. I saw people constantly on their smartphone and wondered, “What are they doing?” I saw a woman on the bus who feel asleep holding her smartphone on her lap as if it were a child. She might as well have caressed it and said, “how sweet.”

Yet adapt I did. I got a smartphone after tiring of hearing my students teasing me about the stone age. Besides, I wanted another option for those long tedious bus rides.

However, I promised myself I would not use be one of those people who is constantly checking his smartphone. Communication and information does not have to be instant. In other words, the smartphone would not be my third child. The children I have keep me plenty busy.

Our recent family vacation to Disney World was the most significant trip we ever took. Each of us was excited to go. While flipping thought the radio stations on the way to LaGuardia airport, we heard the song by American Authors. The chorus came on:

Oo-o-o-o-o-o This is gonna be the best day of my (Oo-o-o-o-o-o)life My li-i-i-i-i-ii-ife Oo-o-o-o-o-oooooo This is gonna be the best day of my (Oo-o-o-o-o-o)life My li-i-i-i-i-ii-ife

At that point, SJ said, “It’s true. Actually, it’s going to be the best week.” Yes, we were excited and the bar was set high.

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Delta Copilots Take Me to Disney World

New Delta Copilots

New Delta Copilots

The MMK family was on vacation last week in Disney World.  Upon boarding the Delta plane to the mouse’s house, Ms. MMK mentioned to the Delta pilots that the children had never flown before.

Without hesitation, the Delta pilots offered the boys a chance to go into the cockpit. SJ readily accepted this generous offer. BR was excited but concerned. He was worried he was going to hit a button and the plane would take off.  The pilots smiled and assured him that it would not be a problem.

Nice guys those Delta pilots.

And the Delta pilots were right.  Our flight to Disney World was just fine! But it was not thanks to my sons, the copilots. That’s okay. The only job the boys had last week was to have fun.

Frontierland in Disney's Magic Kingdom

BR & SJ sauntering along Tom Sawyer Island on Frontierland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom