facetiming with their Mom in Paris!
Years ago, maybe 15, Mark and I biked and Kayaked our way through Civil War battlefield country. I remember once we noticed a family at a "truck stop diner". They were all reading. No one talking to each other. Just sitting eating mindlessly and reading. We declared that would never be us! We would always have reason to speak to each other over a meal on vacation!
Lisbon 2017. The age of "the nose in the phone".
As we tour this beautiful country we see people so invested in their hand held devices. Between FaceTime and Facebook people are communicating globally not intimately.
"Hello? I'm sitting right here???? Hello?"
I heard a man say to the woman sharing his table while she was nose deep in her hand held device.
I scoff, yet I am guilty.
My husband finds relief on the deck of the Marriot in Lisbon. You see, there is no Internet on the deck of the Marriot. You must be present. No distractions. A gift. On some crazy level being together on the deck is being a gift to each other. The world can't reach us here.
So being present can be the present.
Today while we walked among the historical attractions of Portugal we offered to take photos for tourists who were struggling with cameras, selfie sticks and staging their photo. It became almost a game.
How many people can we help preserve this moment?
We learned a lot about language barriers, pantomime and fear.
First, some folks just don't want to be in front of the camera ... doesn't matter that you are willing to help them prove that they were on this trip a million years from now by taking their photo with the rest of the family. Let's face it, some of us hate to be in photos!
Some people are sure you'll steal their camera or phone. They pull away with a scornful look and shrug certain your goodwill is suspect.
And most, are grateful. A Thank you in any language is a present. Being present enough to offer this kindness while traveling is truly a gift.
Being present is the present.
how have you been a gift today?
Maggie and Christian from Philly but now living in Munich working at an Internet Start up as English translators/editors ...