This year I got my first cell phone. I held out for a long time because I don’t like where tech-dependence seems to be taking society. But while I still hold to that, the mounting reasons for getting a cell phone made me check my pride and reconsider. Imagine, I thought, arriving to pick up my kids from practice when they’re actually done
not forty minutes later, according to the schedule on my fridge! Talking to my kids throughout their long days at school. Telling my husband that there was construction and I’m running late not dead in a ditch.
So I got one. I got one and immediately posted a selfie like it was my own little cotillion. (Please see above.) Friends made nice comments like, “That looks like Anne, but it can’t be!” and “Welcome to 2016!” One snarky Christian friend said, “Oh my, Jesus must be coming back!”
So now, for good and for bad, I am a different person since getting my phone.
The “bad” is classic: I mindlessly check out something on my phone instead of doing something productive, I look “busy” on my phone so I don’t have to talk to someone, and I ‘m just more distracted in general.
The “good” has been nice, though. I can do everything on this thing! I can maintain my etsy shops while sitting in a waiting room. I can do my Bible Study while I wait on my kids, thanks to a Bible app. And I can write this blog. From the park!
And I can indulge my stupid in new and exciting ways.
This spring my family got out of the car and started walking to my daughter’s track meet. My husband said, “What is that?! Kevin, what is that?” So we all stooped down to look at it: attached to our license plate was a dark lord Lego guy, tied on with a rubber band. “Kevin, did you do that?” (This was a rhetorical question, really. Of course Kevin did it. That little boy plays with Legos all day long, and then dreams about them all night.) “When did you do that, buddy?” my husband asked. Kevin thought for a bit. “A few months ago,” he answered nonchalantly. I think all of us thought back through the last few months. Road trips to Ohio, Wisconsin and several to Chicago. In some rough weather, too! And that little Lego guy survived it all.
So thanks to my phone, I took a picture of the little Lego demon. (You’d think I would use my camera to take pictures of my kids. I don’t. I only take pictures of things that are arty or funny.)
So the other day when my daughter texted me that school was going slowly, I texted her an inspirational poster, one of cat-poster caliber:
Phones are fun.