A friend mentioned that I should post an image of my young Smurf Village that I have been building on my iPad to demonstrate that I have a more frivolous side, to balance what he thinks is the more deep and meaningful side of me that comes out on this blog… clearly he doesn’t take much notice of the coffee and cycling stuff I put up.
It’s true that this blog only shows part of who I am. I don’t come to the Internet willing to give every part of me. That isn’t what the Internet is for in my life. I save the fuller picture of who I am for the face to face interactions I have - nothing can replace the fuller sense of our humanity that comes through those. But for the sake of my friend who asked me to put this up, yes, I do frivolous things like take time out to play Smurf Village.
I find it to be a nice form of timeout… and in the face of not having any iPad game available that lets me build a monastery with activity in it revolving around the divine hours, Smurf Village is the closest I can get. Aside from some of the characters like Hefty, Lucky, Smurfette, Baby and a few others, Smurf Village is very much like a monastery. It has an Abbot (Papa Smurf); it is agrarian, communal, co-operative and has definite rhythms and a simple life. So whilst my friend was hoping it would be purely meaningless, I couldn’t help but see something with a bit of meaning in my Smurf Village when he asked me to put this image up ;)