Driving through the back roads of North Georgia, heading towards South Carolina. The windows are down, and the wind is whipping through the truck. No radio static, just the sound of the wind. The kids are sitting in the backseat. No tablets, no games, no T.V. Just communication with their parents and communication amongst themselves. I have 2 children, ages 8 and 5. This is how we travel. Well, not all the time, we don’t have AC in our main vehicle right now. So, the wind rushing through our windows is not an all the time thing. Although we prefer it to be. What we also prefer is communication over screens. We like to talk while we travel. Tell stories, reminisce, let the kids into mommy and daddy’s childhood. We daydream and sight see. We take in as much as we can. Whether it be the sights, the sounds, the smells, or just making plain old memories. In today’s world, staring at a screen to pass by boredom is just the way it is. Kids are silenced and calmed down with a tablet or a phone. They forget how to use their imaginations, don’t learn how to occupy themselves, and just plain out lose playtime. Kids are suppose to be loud, bouncy, adventurous, and inquiring. That’s part of them learning and growing. But instead, screens are used to babysit them and keep them calm. Adults spend more time on their screens than with their loved ones. I am guilty of that as well. As soon as an ounce of boredom slips in, up goes the phone. Even if I’m lying in the bed with the hubs catching up on an episode of Animal Kingdom, as soon as a commercial comes on, up goes the phone. This generation doesn’t communicate enough, unless it’s on social media. A lot of relationship problems today are because the phones get more attention that the spouse. Heck, there’s even been studies about depression due to social media. Why fill our time and lives with the fake, when we can experience and fill our time with the ones we love. With real life adventure. Let’s do it together, put down the phones and communicate more. Put down the screen, and let your kids experience how beautiful the world really is. Don’t let the world pass us by, because we aren’t looking.