When did this happen, that we got so busy?
I remember being in London about 10 years ago, and found it funny when someone whipped out their diary when I asked if they want to meet up?
I laughed, as it wasn’t so normal then. But I see it more and more now. How did this happen?
I overheard two young mums arranging a time for their kids to meet up.
When I was a child, I jumped over the garden wall and into my neighbours garden when I wanted to play. There was no scheduling. No playdates.
I’m sure you have all seen the post going around on FaceBook recently, where a child was ‘billed’ for being a ‘no show’ at their friends birthday party.
He is 5 years old!
As I am writing this now, I sat here for about 10 minutes staring at the 5 years old bit. I still can’t get my head around that, never mind the threat of legal action.
What happened to spontaneity? To throwing your leg over the garden wall as you felt like playing or as an adult, just popping into your friends for a coffee as you fancied a chat.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t know for sure if I fancy a coffee and a chat at 5:15, three weeks from now, I just know I want to hang out with you now.
I appreciate we are busier now. And I do also, of course, appreciate child safety concerns. But I get to wondering are we losing something, pencilling each other in.
Again, I am acknowledging safety concerns, and that these are different times, but how I grew up. The key was in the door, and if someone fancied coming in (even if it was not a good time) they came in, gave a shout “It’s only me” made themselves a drink and sat down!
I will be the first to hold my hand up and say that I have changed. I am at home, writing this. My door is locked, and if someone came in now when I am busy, I would probably huff and puff more than I would have done 20 years ago, and I think it is this point that got my rant started; maybe we don’t have the same time for each other any more?
If you have any stories like this, I’d love to hear them. Drop me a comment below, as I really do read and reply to them and I love a good story!