I was at a family gathering a few weeks back, a festive and slightly inebriated collection of aunts, uncles, cousins, and people I didn’t know all tossed together for an event that over the past year came to be known as ” THE WEDDING.”

I prefer not to delve into any portion of the lead up to nor any of the actual events of ” THE WEDDING.”

If you have had a ” WEDDING” in your family then you realize that all caps is an appropriate description of a trip to hell and back.  If there was a font or style more ominous or depressing than ALL CAPS I would have used it.

At the “RECEPTION” I was chatting with one of my nieces who seems to be pursuing a degree in some sort of education.

Somehow me and the kid get on the topic of cell phones and young children.  She is frustrated because her charges are addicted to their mobile devices and she has a tough time prying them away from the screens.

Our conversation fell into the ” World is going to Hell in a Hand Basket” category which is kind of depressing since the young education major is only 20 years old.  Geez – if a 20 year old thinks this a problem…

She tells me that one time she made one of her charges put down the phone.  ” Use your imagination'” our student teacher says and the reply was ” I have no imagination.”

Welcome to the Basket.