It’s hard to believe it’s mid-November already. The leaves have fallen from most of the trees up here, but this photograph above was taken only a few weeks ago. Change is inevitable.
This past Media Free Week was rich with the sense of change. It was (hopefully) our last Media Free Week without a child in our home. It is hard to imagine how much media we will be consuming going forward, and what sort of efforts we will need to take to be connected to our larger community.
I have often felt that the folks who seemed most engaged with the concept of media fasting were couples without children — people who had the time to consume media, and the resources to do it, who also noticed that at least one primary relationship could suffer from it. For David and I, taking a break from media was first and foremost about connecting with each other, and then with our broader community of family, friends, neighbors, etc.
Now that we are adding a new member to our immediate family, it’s possible that much of our media consumption will change. We may be paying more attention to our little one’s media usage than our own, or finding our days so full that we rarely use the social media and broadcast media at all.
But that is all speculation for now, and will undoubtedly be the topic of a future blog post. This month, our media fast was rich with the knowledge that we were about to embark on a new journey, and that this might be our last quiet time, just the two of us.
As a result, we made the most of it: going for lots of walks; getting projects done around the house; calling friends who live far away; cooking lots of great, healthy food; and getting together with new friends. I cooked a pretty awesome cauliflower and parmesan cake, and began a rather pitiful sock monkey. David made some much-needed repairs to our computer, and took steps to make commuting by bike to work easier. And we spent lots and lots of time talking about nothing in particular.
Returning to the media this week, I have once again been overwhelmed by the volume of news, and lack thereof, too. Our local mayoral campaign is gearing up, while our Occupy Burlington community is winding down, or at least redefining itself. Nationally, the news out of Penn State shocks, while the Republican presidential race lags, and Google Music is another new distraction.
And all the while, life goes on, and continues to change.