A tribute to Sei Shonagon:
It’s hateful to watch a mother talking loudly on her cell phone while her three-year-old boy plays video games on her iPad. It’s not the games, per se. And I don’t begrudge personal mommy breaks (even though her chatter is rather annoying, marring my much needed personal mommy break). It’s the maniacal laughter that pours forth from the tablet every time the kid wins. Or loses.