On vacation in Maine, we had the “traumatic” experience of no internet and only spotty cell phone reception. Not only were we unable to read the latest news or check email, but we were cut off from daily contact with our kids. We went two days without communication.
This experience brought home to me how normal and expected it is today to have instantcontact with family members who live far away. Being able to stay in touch via email, texting, Skype, Facebook, etc. are good things, but not everything, when it comes to staying close as a family. Spending time face-to-face is essential for having the kinds of meaningful conversations about the subjects that really matter.