Selfies, #1149

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I spent this weekend “unplugging” for Shabbat. Unplugging is a new trend, and truly I am a Reform Jew, so it is not part of my common language.  Rather, I am a blogger and a total advocate of Facebook and all other aspects of social media.  I love that I am back in touch with friends from my childhood, and I totally value any platform that would bring us back together.

I thought unplugging would be very hard for me, but as I evaluated what I really missed from the 24 hours, it wasn’t the constant online bantering that brings so many smiles to my day that I missed.  This 24 hour pause, however, made me realize that instead, I missed taking pictures.  The documentarian in me and the artist in me missed that outlet so much!

Friday evening, after  I was song leading at Shabbat services, I met up with my family for our traditional Shabbat sushi dinner.  My husband’s birthday is next week, and Sushi Hama does the best birthday celebration – lights out, loud disco music, confetti streamers and green tea ice cream with a candle.  I hated not being able to share our family joy with my online community.

Then again on Saturday – we attended my son’s football team’s picnic where they were presented trophies and photographs.  It was a significant moment with no photos!

And then again on Saturday, my daughter and I had mother/daughter manicures, and there was a selfie just begging to happen with our perfectly polished fingers.

If that wasn’t enough – we ran into friends selling Girl Scout Cookies at Walgreens, and I so wanted to post a photo with a caption that said, “Look who we ran into!”

I understand the value in unplugging, but perhaps for me, these photographs are my way of unplugging.  My shutting down and pausing is expressed through capturing moments that mean a lot to me.  Some people draw, some people knit, some people read – I take pictures.

So, my song of the day is the song “Selfies” by Nina Nesbitt, because oh, how I missed them and truly value them for all they are worth!

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About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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