The date was with my partner, for dinner and a concert by the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra.
In the car, en route, we observed how delightful it was to have time alone. Those living in rural areas with teenage daughters will understand how much of life evolves around her schedule and parental taxi service.
We held hands as we headed for the restaurant, a lovely Italian place where we found a table by the window overlooking a park. Not waiting for the meal to begin, we sipped on glasses of a very enjoyable red wine. It was a romantic scenario.
I got up to wash my hands and on return was handed a piece of paper with various letters written on it. She whipped out her tablet computer from her purse and said, “ Would you connect my computer to the internet?. This is the password. “ I did as she asked and the next few minutes before the arrival of the food was spent on e-mails. I checked mine via my Android cell phone; but, there was nothing worth my time, so I just relaxed and enjoyed the moment. The tablet was put away, and we returned to the warmth of the outing, and dinner.
Concerts by the National Orchestra are remarkably inexpensive and the quality of performance is always excellent. Music by Claude Debussy, 1862 – 1918, was played with the accompaniment of a flaminco guitarist. It was thoroughly enjoyable, as was watching how involved the members of the stringed instruments became animated, truly immersed in the music.
At the half time break, we shared thoughts on the concert, and on some of those around us. Again, the computer surfaced; just to check if the world had been destroyed over the previous hour. We then returned to the warmth of the shared moments for the remainder of the outing.
The night was cold, and we slept with the window open. Sometime during the night, I was shocked into wakening by the presence of cold feet on my back. -- Thankfully, the computer was nowhere near.
( The omnipresence of computers and computerized communication devices is not just changing the world of youth, but of people of all ages. The affects on social relationships is of continuing interest for Andre. See, also, Andre’s blog article “There are Three of Us in this Relationship.”
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