Today we brought something back that some people’s kids may not have ever seen—- the good old telephone. When we moved here over two years ago, people who knew us probably thought us a bit odd for our extreme views on cell phones and Smartphones. When we got here, we ended up with a SmartPhone in an order to connect with family and make the many calls that we needed to make while living in a tent in the field. Not only did we not have phone or Internet service, we also had no home to plug a phone into! We have become regular users and went from using the phone on occasion, to having it on all the time, and often in the same room with us at all times. It became a perceived lifeline for my husband while at home with two, then three kids, while I worked twelve hour shifts. We went from never sending texts to sending regular texts as a way to communicate quickly without the commitment of talking on the phone.
Well, we have no more excuses. We came here to provide a different way of life for our children. We came here to build a farm, build a life, build a family that values experience over objects, that understands and appreciates how each person fits into the harmony of our life, that would always rather be outside than in, that still knows how to think critically and survive over just knowing where to look the answer up on Google. We have been derided, teased, berated, and belittled– but we stand firm in the belief that we will be smarter, happier, more well-adjusted, and able to survive without the constant bombardment of technology all around us.
We are returning to the days of the house phone and prepaid cellphone for travelling. If people want to talk to us- they might have to just call and leave a message. I want the kids to still know how to write a letter or make a phone call and understand why that is even important. Perhaps we are as misguided as people seem to think, but I do not think so when I see the kids and how happy they are, how connected to one another, to us, to the world around them. Feel free to leave a message after the beep, we will hopefully be doing something outside, in the kitchen, or somewhere else together as a family and we will be happy to call you back later!