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It actually happened on Saturday. The National Day of Unplugging. At first I thought Rick was going to cave because on Friday night, he said to me, “What if Fidel Castro dies and CBS can’t reach me?”

This is not the first time Castro has tried to sabotage my weekend plans.

We finally decided that Rick would keep his phone but only allow a call from his news director to come through.

Spoiler alert: Castro did not die. He was obviously as committed to this unplugging day as we were.

Then we broke the unplugging news to the kids.  They were very supportive and said things like, “I will die without music from my iTouch” and “If we can’t have TV, you can’t have coffee.” They even unplugged the coffee maker in defiance.

They also asked if other families celebrated this National Day of Unplugging. Yes, I exclaimed! It’s a fabulous interfaith holiday. It’s sweeping the nation! I’m absolutely sure of it. No, I don’t know of anyone else doing it.

The day was very 1980’s inspired. We went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ft. Lauderdale and hoped to meet up with a friend and her girls. But of course she was in one spot, we were in a different spot and well, they weren’t the same. End of plan to meet up.

It reminded me of that time in 1985 when you went to the mall to meet your friend Stacy in front of Spencer’s gifts but she wasn’t there and you never knew what happened until 3 days later when she passed you a note in Algebra class that said her brother refused to give her a ride to the mall so she is now the only one who still doesn’t own the Men at Work album and she’s completely depressed about it and let’s get a New Coke after school.

There was something very calming about not having a phone all day. I didn’t have to think about when to check my phone because there was no phone to check. I could just well… be.

Plus, every time I used the porta potty at the parade, I didn’t have to worry about my phone falling out of my back pocket and into the toilet.

I looked up more than down.

I did a lot more people watching.

And yes, I missed some important texts. Like this one from a friend who sent me a very funny Mother’s Day gift idea..

coffee mug

It was 5 hours before I responded to this!

Mostly I realized that it was nice to have time when I wasn’t constantly being interrupted by texts, Tweets and Facebook updates.

Sometimes it can all just a wait a few hours. While you be.


(Yes, we used a real camera – not connected to a phone – to take this picture.)

11 Responses to let the unplugging begin!

  • alex says:

    sounds like a great way to be more in-the-moment. i find myself forgetting my cell phone more and more when i head out on the weekends. maybe it’s my subconscious mind orchestrating the whole thing because she needs some peace and quiet.

  • Karin says:

    Our family went without TV all last summer — actually put it in storage. No fights about which shows to watch, no mindless TV all afternoon, no day-long Wii sessions. I was wary, but my husband kept promising it was going to be the “best summer ever.” It was and the kids ended up doing all kinds of things they never would have done otherwise — biking to the library and swimming pool, creating an obstacle course in the backyard, playing board games, reading and more. That said, we reminded them yesterday that the TV will be put away once again on the last day of school, and they started their complaining. 🙂

  • LOL. Real camera was my first question! I wasn’t even sure they still existed. Kudos to you all for sticking through the whole day. My commitment wavered but now I’m inspired– we’ll have to do a family do-over. Definitely makes us realize how plugged in we are!

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