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National Picnic Month

Aaah, the family picnic. Truth be told, my family didn’t do much picnicking. No wicker baskets and blankets spread out on clover-filled grass.

We were more fast food or casual dining customers, eating Whoppers on the Burger King patio. But the outcome was the same. Sharing a meal outdoors and talking to each other.

Deb and I try to go on a date night at least once a week. We love the waterfront patio at the American Legion Post 273 on Madeira Beach. The crowd is relatively senior and we enjoy meeting new folks with whom we have some things in common.

But at times, we go to Applebees or some other casual dining place, usually filled with couples and families. But very few are talking to each other.

They are universally involved with their electronics. It’s really pretty sad. I see a whole generation of kids growing up by entertaining themselves on 3-inch screens with very little real human interaction.

So here’s an idea for National Picnic Month. Pack up a traditional picnic basket, put away all your electronics except a video camera, and enjoy a family outing. Talk to each other. You might be amazed at what you learn.

Use the video camera to capture the moment. 30 years from now, you will be very happy you did.

And while you are at it, dig out all those 30-year old tapes and films from when you grew up and give them to us to transfer to digital video files. Great for enjoying boring August nights and passing along these memories for future generations.