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My cell phone passed away today.  Yes, after five long years of being together he just decided he'd had enough.  And right in the middle of a conversation, mind you.
I refer to my phone as a male because after all the things we've been through together, no decent female would leave without so much as a goodbye.  One minute I was talking, the next minute he was gone.

For the past few weeks, I had known that he was ailing.  His heart had not been ticking all that well, needing to be charged quite frequently.  Eventually, he was so weak, that if he wasn't plugged in, he'd lose his juice and start beeping, calling out to me: I need energy.  Feed me.

Please, I begged, just hang in there for a few more days.  

We had been through so much together and I just wasn't ready yet to let him go.  He was the first one had I turned to when I broke my foot, when my grandchildren were born, when my father was in the ER.  I cried with him over an editor's rejection.  And laughed with him when retelling funny stories.    

We had braved the lake on a kayak, prayed together while snow shoeing and shared many a glorious sunset strolling along the beach.  Not to mention all those boring hours spent in waiting rooms, check-out lines and airport terminals.    

Granted, he wasn't very Smart.  He couldn't get on the Internet.  And an App was as foreign to him as it would be to Alexander Graham Bell.

Yes, he was just a simple phone and often times he didn't always perform that function so well.  Dropping calls and often times keeping me from important messages.
Every time we went to my sister's house, he would take a nap as we traveled through the mountains. And while in Mexico, well forget it. He went on a permanent siesta.
Still, I mourned his passing.        

And for a few days, I just couldn't replace him.  

During that time I realized the freedom of not having a phone.  I got in my car and drove off, knowing that no one, absolutely no one could get in touch with me.  Like back in the "old" days.  

Oh, granted it caused a minor glitch in the market when I reached for him to call home.  But then I decided so what if I forgot something?  What difference did it make if I bought home the wrong cereal?  No one was going to die from this mistake.  

And I was a bit lonely at the carwash.  Especially when I turned to talk to the person next to me and realized she was involved with her phone.  Looking around, I realized everyone was texting and talking, staying within their own small circle of friends.  

It made me a bit sad to realize how much the world has changed.  What happened to those days of striking up a conversation with a stranger?  Sharing intimate details that we often don't share with those we know too well.  Sometimes those conversations are cleansing and can help us face our problems with a clearer head.  And sometimes, they are just plain fun, a great way to spend a few minutes of our time.    

Of course, I couldn't exist too long without another phone. I did eventually get a replacement - a newer, fancier model.  As I dropped my old friend into that big box where old phones go to be recycled, I wished him a happy reincarnation.

Who knows?  We may meet up again someday.  

Until then I just want to say "Thanks For The Memories."

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      Tuliplady wrote Jul 14, 2011
    • I hate having to learn a new phone.  “Apps” is still a foriegn language to me and I have no idea if my phone is smart.

      Some days I long for the simplicity of the old bag phone that I had back in the dark ages.  Or better yet, no phone at all.

      Tulip



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jul 14, 2011
    • My only experience with a cell phone was a “pay as you go” phone that died before I ever could use it. It was suppose to be for emergencies only and since I didn’t have one for its short unused life, I didn’t replace it.  

      My sister recently wrote me about upgrading to a new phone. Her old phone hadn’t died,
      she just wanted to retire it after three years. She can watch movies on her new phone, it has “apps” galore, she can play games and take photos, text, read her emails & reply, it has all the bells and whistles I wouldn’t know what to do with. LOL  

      Cathie



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      Linda L wrote Jul 14, 2011
    • I never had a cell phone. People can call me at home and leave a message as well. Only recently my daughter got her own basic cell phone, but she’s not non-stop using it.

      You‘re right people left and right are on their cell phones and we hear everybody’s business. I hate the swearing especially around the children.



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      Diane17 wrote Jul 14, 2011
    • Great blog!!  I too have a “regular” cell phone and am not ready for a smart phone.  It’s a pay as you go phone and I rarely use it.  I haven’t shopped for cell phones in several years now and hope they still make “regular” cell phones!

      And yes, it seems that everywhere you go, people are on their phones!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jul 15, 2011
    • Diane, what brand is your cell phone? There’s a bit of drive between where I’ll be moving to and the “big town” for the discounts, herb store and dentist.  

      Cathie



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      Diane17 wrote Jul 15, 2011
    • Cathie,

      I have a hot pink Sony Ericsson phone and AT&T is my provider.  $25 usually lasts me a good month.  It’s a $1 for each day you use the phone and then .10 cents a minute.

      Diane



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jul 15, 2011
    • Hi everyone,

       Thanks so much for all your comments and for reading my post.  I’ve been busy with my new grandson or I’d answer everyone individually.

       xoxoxo
      Janie



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jul 17, 2011
    • Thanks, Diane! I made a note of it to look into it. ;oD  

      Cathie



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      Kyah wrote Jul 17, 2011
    • I have a Nokia phone that’s almost 5 years old. I noticed lately it seems to need charging longer, even after the basic of uses - like the alarm. I’m taking it to Radio Shack to see if they have a battery for it. If not, I’ll have to buy a new phone.

      I decided even though it would be nice to have a smart phone with apps, I don’t want to have a monthly phone bill or pay $500-600 for a phone (since I don’t have a wireless plan). I have PrePaid with T-Mobile and sometimes $50 can last 3 or 4 months, because basically I may have a couple of brief conversations on it, or let my job know I’m going to be late, but a lot of it is texting and checking the news (yes, my phone can go online, but only to certain sites).



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      Msj wrote Jul 22, 2011
    • I lost my phone due to low income.... I thought I would go through withdrawels. I too realized the freedom of not being at anyone’s beck and call.

      I also found out when my car died I was near a gas station and could use the payphone to call home. That was a bit scary.

      All in all, I don’t really miss it.



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      Kikijj wrote Aug 15, 2011
    • Dear Janie

      I am new to Fab40. So, am sorry about you missing yr faithful phone.Some phones have a strong personality and yours must have been an extension of your arm, good luck with finding a good newbie.

      If you’d like to have a look at Susan Maushart’s hilarious book, “the Winter of Our Disconnect” she asked her teenagers to join her on 6 months of NO TECHIE gadgets. They survived with a sense of humour and discovered new ways to talk!! It’s a scream.

      (The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of one family's digital de-tox: a chronicle of how three wired-at-the-hip teenagers and a mother with iPhone dependency issues survived six months of screenfree living. (In fact, we didn't simply survive , we transformed ...)

      Greetings fr.Kikijj



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