Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'm Thankful For... My Smartphone

Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday of the year (It's hard to compete with Christmas). I love that it isn't overly commercial, and I love that it gives me cause to reflect on the many blessings I of which is my phone.

If I were to glance at my blog post title from the perspective of a stranger, I would probably roll my eyes and lament the state of a world completely overrun by technology. But, before you begin to think me just another screen addict, hear me out.

Someone once told me that the hours and minutes of motherhood sometimes drag, but the months and years fly by far too quickly. For me, it's easy to get bogged down in the monotony of daily life. After all, I've changed over 2500 diapers this year. There are some chores that just aren't exciting the first time, let alone the two-thousandth.

But, that's why I'm grateful for my smartphone. A few weeks ago, when I was in the midst of the 4:00 in the afternoon "Is-it-time-for-Daddy-to-come-home-yet?" doldrums, I began flipping through the pictures on my phone. This is what I found:

Suddenly, rather than being overwhelmed by the need to come up with ideas of what to do for the next two hours, I was smiling at all the fun we'd had in the past couple of months. See, I need these reminders of all the good, happy, funny, silly, and hilarious moments in my life. It's too easy to focus on all the tantrums, sleepless nights, and fussy times. It's too easy to get swallowed by the laundry, crumbs, and clutter piling up as I try to take care of my boys. But, I am grateful for the convenient little camera on my phone that helps me capture the good moments that would otherwise be soon forgotten, pushed aside by problems to be solved.

So, I am grateful for my smartphone. Not because of the cool apps or its pretty teal color, but because the pictures I take with it help me put my life back in perspective on days that otherwise seem really hard.

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