One of the genres of books I read – thank God they are still fiction – has to with TEOTWAWKI when the SHTF, etc. The scenarios vary. However, a consistent topos of the genre is that, at a certain point, the protagonist notices that families and neighbors are communicating, children are doing children things again, etc. You get the idea.
I also have a great amount of sympathy for parents who work hard to provide their families.
Here is a sample from a post, from Mat Archbold, that touches on both.
My 6 Year Old Broke My Heart Today
by Matthew Archbold
We were in the van. We always seem to be in the van.
My thirteen year old was asking if she could watch the television show “Revolution” [I haven’t seen even one episode yet. If anyone posts spoilers, I will ban her by IP address forever.] because some kids in her class were talking about it. She said it was the one where all the lights went out.
The kids started talking about what would happen if all the power went out.
I told my teenager that would mean her Ipod wouldn’t work and she feigned horror and pretend to faint. I said no video games, no television and no computers would work. The boy said that would be terrible. He said he’d much rather have a zombie apocalypse than a power-out apocalypse.
And that’s when my six year old said it. “I would love it if none of the computers worked,” she said. “Because then Dad wouldn’t be able to do work and he could play with me.”
The kids all laughed. The thirteen year old knew that one hurt though. She didn’t laugh.
That’s the kind of comment that doesn’t just hit you. It hits you, hits you again, and then wakes you up to hit you again later just to hear you say “ouch.”
You can read the rest over there.
Work is good. We can, however, become detached from other important aspects of our lives through the working habits we form.
Let us all include as a part of our examination of conscience a double-checking of our work habits. Too much is too much, if it interferes with seeking that which is above through fulfilling also those primary points of our earthly vocations. Too little is really too little, if we are not securing for ourselves the environment in which we can fulfill our vocations and if we are not being just.
We have to attend to a hierarchy of our values and loves.
GO TO CONFESSION!