A year in the life of this crazy city. One haiku a day. One day at a time.
I don't have an iPhone, but I will say that I am beginning to understand the desperate need to connect with adult citizens when you spend your entire day at home with babies. I declined the offer of an iPod Touch, but that doesn't mean you won't find me with my laptop out ignoring my kids from time to time. Because there are only so many times in a row I can read Hand Hand Fingers Thumb.
Understandable. I'm the first to admit I know nothing about parenting, and I appreciate the need to communicate with other grownups when you spend most of your time with kids. However, I'm talking about the "I'll pull my kid out of that oncoming traffic he wandered into when I finish this text" and "If I keep playing Tetris maybe my screaming toddler will scamper off to the next subway car and attach himself to a new family" phenomena. I find these less forgivable than the periodic ignoring that does a kid good.
True. I'm saying this as a somewhat strict parent of mostly well-behaved children. They whine a bit from time to time when we're out, but nothing overly embarrassing. And when they do? They are out of that restaurant/cafe IMMEDIATELY!