Hello Laura, and welcome to 2012.
Ladies and Gentlemen, last week, I got my first cell phone.
I know, I know. While I know I’m not the last person in America to get a cell phone, I do believe I am among the last. And I am very okay with that. I’ve never been one to do something just because everyone else is doing it. In addition, neither Matt nor I ever buy something without seeing the big picture and recognizing the big need. He has had a cell phone for several years and has made very good use of it. But me? I really didn’t feel that I needed one, and admittedly, I’ve been rebellious about getting one. I’m home (with a land line) most of the time and ultimately, when I’m away from home, I have been very glad to have a bit of silence. No one can call and ask me where their shoes are? Sweet. My inbox isn’t screaming at me while I’m at Wal-mart? Okeedokee. I’ve been just fine without a phone.
As our children get older, as our schedules outside the home get busier, as my business grows…the need for a cell phone seemed to be coming up more frequently. And at times, I’ve even had moments of frustration that I haven’t had a phone with me when I’ve really needed it.
And so, last week, Matt and I headed downtown to check out our options. While I was fine to stick to something very basic, Matt was assessing my needs and looking at how a nice cell phone with great perks would benefit me and make my life much easier. We spent the good part of that afternoon asking questions, discussing our options, and considering the financial picture. And wow did we get an incredible deal! (It pays to spend three hours making a decision, apparently.)
Friends, my husband didn’t just get me a cell phone. He shocked me and got me a cell phone with some bells and whistles. One that truly will make my life easier in all kinds of ways. To be able to check and answer email during half time of one of a million soccer games this fall? To be able to moderate comments on this site while waiting to pick up a boy from practice? To be able to quickly text Matt to find out where he is and to ask what time we should meet him after a game? Well, instead of being a nuisance to me like I had once felt a phone would be – I suddenly felt that I’d been given a third hand and a few more hours in my day. (If only the cell phone could clean my house…)
Oh, and for those moments when I don’t want anyone to call and ask where their shoes are, and I don’t want my inbox screaming at me while I’m at Wal-mart? There’s a lovely little “off” button on the side of my phone, and I’m not afraid to use it.
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