Saturday, June 29, 2013

My version of the Walton Mountain.

We are very lucky parents. When left to their own devices my kids will play very happily together most of the time.

However when electronics are introduced without fail the relationship and behavior deteriorates.

This brings me to my growing atavistic urges. I have a hankering to get back to living a more natural life. A house that needs work to work. When I lived in Poland (in a wood) I had to find fallen trees to drag home to chop up to use in the fires and stoves to eat and survive the cold. I loved it!

Today we managed to go to a restaurant and come home, pay bills and fight over screens.

I don't want to go back to the Poland wood lifestyle - it gets tiresome quick in the snow and cold. I would love to have a house or cottages somewhere that had a garden. We could open the door and go outside and just play. Unstructured and undersigned and uncluttered and un everything.

We would have a pool too but it would be behind a HUGE fence and be rigged with audio guards and we would have a full time life guard at the pool just in case. OK maybe no pool. Maybe we go to the local pool.

Yeah, we go to the local pool and then the little local pizzeria after the pool where we all share a pie and feel tired but happy. Then we ride home, bath, grab some books and curl up till bedtime.

Summer sucks in NYC when it rains.


  1. I'm right there with you! Except we have a bit more green space around our place. That whole college town plan sounds pretty good to me

  2. We are really trying to reduce our consumption, on everything. I purge, purge, purge, what we already have but no longer need and am discerning about what new we bring into the house.

    We regulate screen time and my older son has to earn the time he gets by accomplishing his daily responsibilities. We are a techno family and I don't see that as a bad thing as it is the era in which he was born, but it is monitored (for instance, we learned when our son was 5 that both Spongebob and Phineas and Ferb caused him to behave poorly so they've been banned for over a year).

  3. Well, thank you - atavistic is one of my favourite words after studying Walt Whitman!
    Love the idea of the screen time being earned.
    Thanks for posting.