When you have children, you can have exactly one hobby. Anything else is an exercise in futility, self-deception, and ineffectiveness. Cooking healthy food is a hobby. Exercising is a hobby. Maintaining a website is a hobby. Writing a blog is a hobby. Bringing work home is a hobby. You have time to do exactly one thing after your kids go to sleep, if you want to do it well.
The nuances of a word, the meaning of a glance, and the emotional connection that communication can bring. Those are all things that my younger self would have seen as ephemeral and trivial; only of interest to small minds. Yet now they seem vital to me, and it’s technology and science that seem like the pleasantly distracting but ultimately less important background noise.