His journey in Basic Training has begun. And one of the best/worst things about it--no phones.
- Phones are distractions
- The recruits need to break bad habits and create new good ones
- But now, down time is "boring"--so we are writing letters! This is my favorite part. It's super slow snail mail, but I love receiving his letters. And I love writing to him too. He's never been a reader, but now he has to!
- I also send him word puzzles, stickers, photos, and anything else fun I can put into a letter (no packages allowed)
- Another drawback is not being able to communicate with him directly. But he's a big boy and doesn't need us checking up on him.
It reminds me of the TBCP (time before cell phones, haha) I had several pen pals and lots of down time without a gadget to keep me occupied. I was never bored! I think there should be a required, weekly "no phone" day. Unfortunately, we've all grown entirely too dependent on them. The experience my son is having shows him he can survive without it.
I encourage you to surprise someone with a letter--they're so personal and meaningful. When you take the time to write, others know you care!