I thank God soooo much for CELLPHONES.
When they first came out, they were too expensive to buy, and the cost for air time was horrific, so I couldn’t afford one.
Then, I had a car breakdown in 2002, in the middle of a factory/warehouse area – at night. Someone stopped when they saw me, and let me use their cell phone – for which I thanked them profusely. When the tow truck driver heard that I had to borrow a cell phone, he gave me the side eye and sternly said, “Lady, there’s no excuse not to have one for emergencies. Now, when you get home, you check the internet and find you a phone for about $35 a month, and it will be worth it to you.”
I didn’t have the heart to tell him I couldn’t afford the internet at that time, nor a home phone. What I knew was that there was email at work and at the library, and I found an advert for a phone for just that $35/month. Texting was extra, but I had 150 minutes and that was more minutes than I needed for any emergency I could think of. I let friends and family know I had a phone now (couldn’t afford a home phone back then either), and told them we had to keep discussions brief. They were great with that, and I only ever went over during the holidays, which was ok by me.
About two years later, I had added texting to use with my younger son and eventually his brother. By this time, long distance became free; but I still had to be wary of roaming fees. Already I was finding out that I liked being able to answer my phone while I was away from home. That way I could go straight to the caller’s location without pause, unless I needed to go home to put away some groceries. The thing is, I didn’t HAVE to go home to find out who wanted to talk to me, now.
I loved being able to talk to my sister in GA for more than an hour, and not have to worry about the cost of the call. We did more talking about everything we’d been missing out on for the passing years! Just that feature alone could bring me to tears about why I appreciate that cell phones that came into being.
I got a phone with a camera, and was astounded to find out it could take videos, too! I have been able to record so many great things ever since I have had those features, and I’ve never looked back. I always put the pictures and videos on my computer, too. So I’ve never lost any that I valued.
As time went by, I found that I enjoyed being able to text when I had a quick question or needed to know sizes while buying gifts or just out looking at rummage sales. Getting pictures from folks via text messaging was frustrating until I got my first smartphone, though. I was late in getting one, but when I did in 2016 – a whole world opened up for me, and I mean that literally.
I have used that GPS app more than 100 times (no exaggeration) because I moved to a new state, city and county. I also worked in a city I’d never been to for much, so now I needed to know how to get around in my new hometown and in my new job town. Sometimes I’d know how to get somewhere from my home, but I worked an hour away from home. So I’d need to know how to get there from work, instead of home. My son had given me his old GPS a year before, and I had already loved using it, but I have to admit – it was an extra thing to keep in the car and to hook up. The phone is much easier and simpler to use – as well as being more accurate since the updates happen pretty much automatically.
I love distinctive ringtones that let me know who’s calling, when I have a phone that allows for it, too!
I especially like being able to connect with friends when we go to places that we can get lost in, but we send each other texts and find each other so much more easily than we did before there were cell phones. I like being able to get recorded messages without having to go home to hear them, too.
It’s a bonus to use it to access the internet. So many of my friends do that, rather than own any other kind of computer. That means that my currently homeless friend and I can still keep in touch, as long as no one steals her phone from her. I like that it makes their lives work well that way, and it doesn’t have to cost more than $50 a month in fees.
Really, there’s not much I dislike about a cellphone – as long as I still can visit with your face when we’re together. Huggerz.