When I was little, I remember sitting at the dinner table many an evening with my grandparents. Yes, here she goes again talking about her grandparents. No apologies here. It’s the nature of storytelling, isn’t it? To go back to what grounds us.
Anyway, dinner time always had a rhythm. Grandma cooked, we ate and watched the evening news, Grandpa and Julie washed and dried the dishes. This was routine. Steady. The norm. My scope, however, narrows today to just the middle part of that: the timing of what we did and when the news was on those many moons ago. My grandparents, like most folks, watched it every evening at the same time. And there’s something calming about steady consistency. You could always count on the television being on for the evening news and an extra long morning in the recliner reading that thick Sunday paper.
I’m here to publicly mourn the loss of this rhythm. We now have news media details shoved down our throats faster than we can suck air into our lungs. It’s everywhere. And we have somehow allowed ourselves to become the new-age version of Pavlov’s Dog. DING!!! A notification! Automatically our brain gets its rewards and we essentially have shouted “SQUIRREL!!” I am as guilty as the next guy.