I was marking my students’ homework one night after dinner. My husband was sitting nearby, playing game on his phone.
Suddenly, tears welled up in my eyes.
” Why are you crying my dear? ” my husband asked.
” Yesterday I gave my class a writing assignment called, ‘ My Wish,'” I told him.
” OK, and what’s making you cry? ” he asked again, keeping one eye on his game.
” The last paper moved me so much, it made me cry. “
” What about it made you cry? “
” Listen. I’ll read it to you, ” I replied, wiping my eyes.
” My parents love their smartphones very much. They care about their smartphones so much that they sometimes forget to care about me.
When my father comes home from work tired, he has time for his smartphone but not for me.
When my parents are doing some important work and their phones ring, they will answer it right away, but they will not answer me…
even when I’m crying.
They play games on their phones, but not with me.
When they are talking to someone on their phones, they never listen to me,
even if I’m telling them something important.
So, my wish is to become a smartphone. “
Now it was my husband who wiped his eyes.” Who wrote this? ” he asked quietly.
I looked up at him and said…
” Our son. “
Let us not sacrifice our family and relationships over the pursuit of material things.
Smartphones are here to make our lives easier
but not to control us, make us addicted and unsociable.
It’s not too late to return to a real family life, back to the old days when we didn’t have the Internet and computer games.
Put down that phone for a while.
Talk to your children, your spouse or your friends.
Set a good example for your children. Whatever you do, they will also do.
Talk to the people you love and make sure they feel loved.
And you can receive love from them too.
Can your phone give you love?