No one is with anyone anymore. It used to be fun watching how people interacted together but those days are gone. I was watching a lively group of friends exit the same car each was talking or texting, completely ignoring the society surrounding them. Over and over again it was the same, setting at tables in the restaurant whole families, each member silently tapping away on their cell phones. Everyone seemed to have something to say just not, apparently, to anyone at their table.
What has amazed me is no one appears offended or embarrassed. Ignoring present company would seem to be downright rude or at the least in poor taste, unless all in company share an unspoken agreement. This would seem to be the case.
A single friend beginning a new relationship shared how her date spent the entire evening texting or talking on his cell phone but still expected the rewards of an intimate date. No connection required. Have we stopped showing up even for the fun stuff?
Life is all about showing up. How many of us have stopped showing up. Wherever we are we’re on the cell texting or talking. Life is happening right in front of us but we miss it because we are looking down. We are somewhere else. How boring is it to have someone in your pocket 24\7. There is nothing new to share when you are side by side breathing the same air.
Maybe I’m old fashioned but I remember how much fun it used to be to have a girl’s night out to catch up. We’d share the new stuff in our lives. The words that passed between us were full of life, our facial expressions and tone of voice added depth to our words. During the evening together an emotional connection was made. The warmth of that connection stayed in our hearts long after our visit was over. It’s called making memories.