Sylvia, a single mother, married Derek, and their busy lives neglected 8-year-old Oliver. Frustrated, Oliver sought attention through pranks, like spicing Derek’s soup. Sylvia and Derek, absorbed in phones, overlooked Oliver’s longing for family time. Oliver’s essay, revealing his wish to be a smartphone for their attention, stirred guilt in Sylvia and Derek. Concerned about Oliver’s whereabouts, they discovered he went to an amusement park alone, seeking their involvement.
Recognizing their neglect, Derek and Sylvia apologized, promising a phone-free home and dedicated family time. They proposed a picnic and amusement park visit to make amends, uniting as a family. Oliver forgave them, emphasizing familial bonds over gadgets. The story urges parents to prioritize family time, acknowledging children’s needs for attention and affection.