We have oohed and ahhhed at wedding proposals by hundreds, well coordinated in public, with music, smiling onlookers and the ensuing video going viral.
We have witnessed virtual displays of love, on bridges, at railway stations, at at ...anywhere, while a camera is recording.
All captured, all noted, always always in the presence of others, online.
While it is cute, adorable and lovely.
It also leaves me to ponder, about its effect on those who are being influenced by these ideals.
My own children.
While these online 'shows' are wonderful, I will continued to reassert this:
Life is lived in the now, and displaying your emotions is something that comes from deep in your heart and it does not require evidence and online approval.
DO NOT feel pressured by the latest 'in' thing because that will become obsolete next week. Displaying your emotions and sharing your experiences does not have to be online and it doesn't require a million shares.
If you saw online:
"a kid who will get an ipad if she gets a million likes", don't worry - thankfully, you don't have to do that!....because in this home, you will get an ipad when you get a J.O.B."
If you had a bad day and wanted to whatsapp your mates about it, Good for you honey, but TALK to me, or someone - in person in the first istance. Its much much healthier.
One day, you will realize that emotions and relationships are better honed when you are in the presence of people, off camera and in the now.
I say all this after the weekend because its the first time we have gone without the camera to capture Frenchy's marathon. And I can assure you, its a lot more fun being involved than being the vasti stuck behind the lenses while the rest of the supporters are jumping and cheering.