I overheard a strange conversation the other day between Millie and her granddad.
"Granddad, are you dead yet?"
His reply was, "No but I am tied up in a net waiting to be rescued."
They were playing Bugdom on an old laptop. The latest craze of the granddaughters when they visit us.
When I was a child we had no television. In fact I cannot recall anyone having a TV until I was well into my teens. Obviously there were no computers either.
Books were always great joy and having some one read me a story was a wonderful treat. I was a fairly good reader though and spent many happy hours reading my own stories.
My brother and I loved the radio and while listening, we could draw, and do any other craftwork that we wanted to.
We were out in the fresh air most of the time exploring our local environment, long before it was considered a terrible risk to go out unaccompanied by a grown up.
How things have changed.
I have noticed when my four grand children come to visit, they come armed with Nintendo DS, favourite DVDs, in fact anything that is dependent on a screen! From the four year old to the almost thirteen year old, they are not happy unless they have their heads down staring at some game or video.
However when I can prise them away, they do usually enjoy an outing even if it is after much protesting beforehand.
What is going on? Why is it such a battle to get them to go out?
Why are children only interested in staring into a screen? Is it the curse of modern day living?
Completely blanking me out, I raise my voice.
"Ding, ding, ding......... I am over here...... look at me. We are going out for some exercise."
When I eventually get their attention and they protest about my unreasonable request to leave the screens, and I mention that there's no way you would get me to stare at a screen all day, Amber casually looks up and says, "But you're a blogger!"
Uhhhhmmmmm well ......