A week without Wi-Fi is a typical teenager's worst nightmare. No social media, no YouTube, no Netflix. And yet that's the very dilemma I've found myself faced with. And quite honestly, it's been an adventure.
Our Wi-Fi went out on Sunday evening. The nutjobs building a house next door to us accidently cut our phone line, Frontier can't get out to fix it until next Monday, we're stuck in the Dark Ages. To make matters worse, I'd just moved my manuscript to Google Docs because it has a better search-and-replace function--a necessary item when you're changing accents. So I found myself out of a job.
The first day went down without a hitch. I worked on Where I Stand (which, fortunately, was not subject to the whims of internet connection) and did laundry all day. I also watched part of The Two Towers as part of my rite of passage into American teenage culture. (It's pretty good, actually. I like it better than the book!)
I've started thinking, though--with a few minor exceptions, I've adjusted just fine to life without Wi-Fi. In fact, I enjoy it. I don't like not being able to research, or keep up with you wonderful readers, but it's been peaceful. I don't have to worry about who's posting what on Facebook or the latest dilemma on Quora. I've been able to spend more time with my sister.
I've heard of people who shut down their electricity every evening and call it family time. It sounds like a good idea, but what if we were to turn off our Wi-Fi every evening? We can keep our air conditioning and lights, we can even microwave some popcorn and watch a family movie. Or we can play a board game, or a card game, or go for a walk as a family. Heck, I have good memories of family tickle-fights!
What's your favorite way to spend time with your family? Does it involve using Wi-Fi or turning it off? Share your ideas in the comments below; I'd love to hear them! God bless you, dear reader, and have a wonderful week!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.