My daughters were telling me about their day. It’s a regular thing for us. Then, a few minutes into it there was silence.
“I’m listening.” I said.
“Dad, put away your phone.” Annoyance in their voice.
“I’m listening!: I said, trying to convince myself. No one was fooled.
“What did I just say?”
“You…were telling me about your day….?”
A scowl. A sheepish look. I placed the phone out of site. I had been caught.
“You do it too.” I said. Yeah, great example of parenting, I know.
We laugh at the absurdity of it all. We connect. The damn phone, the internet, the world outside can wait.
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