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Topic: PHONE (11/10/16)
- TITLE: Put That Phone Down
By CHERYL Bolton
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I had said this exact phrase to my own daughter many times lately, she seemed obsessed with her cell phone and carried it around in her pocket. As grandmothers, we always think that we know what is best and we forget that we were not perfect in our day. We didn’t have cell phones to keep us occupied, but we had magazines, television, and books. I remember telling my children not to come back in the living room to disturb me again unless there was blood and guts in sight. Of course, that was much different! I had fed them, broken up arguments over Barbie’s, begged them to use indoor voices, and was sorely in need of a few moments of peace and quiet.
We forget that being a mother 24 hours a day, seven days a week is stressful. My daughter is a wonderful mother. She is consistent with rules, she is teaching her child to obey Jesus and to seek His guidance, and I have yet to see my grandchild hungry or dirty. So, why do I find fault in her cell phone obsession? Mainly because it reminds me of the blood and guts I told my own children about. It is easy to forget the long days we spent as moms when we become “grand moms”.
After our doctors visit and a red lollypop sent us home, I got out my cell phone and called my daughter at work. She needed to know that she is the best mom, and I needed to tell her that I thought so. Lifting her up instead of tearing her down felt good and I resolved to do more of this in the future.
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