Brenda: It's Time to Fight Back Against the Zombies

By Brenda Calloway The Zombie Apocalypse is here, folks! It doesn’t matter where I’m driving or what I’m doing, you can see the zombie...

By Brenda Calloway

The Zombie Apocalypse is here, folks!

It doesn’t matter where I’m driving or what I’m doing, you can see the zombies everywhere. No, I’m not losing my mind and no, I’m not crazy (at least I haven’t been diagnosed yet). I am telling you, I have seen them all over the Murrieta area -- people walking slowly, with their heads down, and not able to understand or comprehend what is going on around them. I’ve even seen them driving down the street this way. It’s especially terrifying when they drive, as they have caused many car crashes.

Where are these zombies I’m speaking of? They are the people all around us, constantly living on their cell phones or tablets.

I’m not trying to offend anyone. I do have a cell phone, and I will use it now and then. But I am incredibly grateful for growing up during a time that children played outside and teens and adults actually talked to each other when they were out and about.

I love my date nights and believe they have helped my hubby and I stay close. After all, if we fell in love dating and spending time alone, then logic says, we should keep practicing this to stay in love, right? My husband and I have a pretty strict rule while we are out together; we try not to ever answer calls or texts, as we are trying to spend time as a couple.

Sometimes when I’m out with my sweetheart on one of our date nights, I will observe other couples who are also out together. They don’t hold hands or talk or anything. They walk side by side together, one or both with their heads down, and they are oblivious to the world around them. I’ve even had friends that have been out with me or visiting me, and they are constantly on their phones. Like a crackhead needs their crack, we as a country, are addicted to our phones. Our country is full of zombies ... lots and lots of zombies.

I have read studies that say because we are rewarded each time we go onto our phones (we see something funny, communicate with someone, learn something, etc.), it keeps us coming back for more, over and over again. I think this may be how the zombie germs are spread. The jury is still out on that one.

The worst part about this whole apocalypse is that my own daughters and son-in-laws are slowly turning into these feared zombies (not the driving ones; I’d kill them if they ever did that). But they love their phones and tablets as much as the rest of this generation does. I understand the appeal; I just love living life as well.

I would rather be living in the moment, rather than checking Facebook for the millionth time that day. I want my kids to look around and observe this beautiful world. I want them to have personal friendships with real people, face to actual face. I want my girls to experience life, not just experience a phone.

But have no fear, I think I may have found a few medications that will help. For all of you other frustrated parents who don’t always want the zombie side of your kids showing, follow these instructions, and you may see a bit of your old family start to appear -- your pre-zombie family.

First, I have found that taking my family to a camping zone, which does not have good Internet, helps tremendously. Just make sure that you stay long enough to enjoy your kids after they have finished with their withdrawals.

Secondly, if you are at home and want to see your kids, turn off the router for an evening together. It’s really fun to see them all appear at once, and then wait for the scary looks on their faces when they realize you are not turning it back on right away.

Third, and lastly, you can serve up a delicious dessert that will keep their mouths so full, and their hands so gooey, they won’t be able to touch their phones for at least a few minutes.

AMAZING anti-zombie, gooey brownies:

2 c. sugar
2/3 c. cocoa pwd
Dash of salt
4 eggs
¾ c. minus 1 T. flour
2 sticks of melted butter
1 t. vanilla

Mix all dry ingredients together and then add all wet ingredients. Mix well and then pour into a greased, small 11” by 7” glass pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until done. Enjoy!

Brenda Calloway is a happy wife and a mother of five beautiful daughters. She loves her family, the outdoors, to read, bake and all things medicinal.

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