A few weeks ago my cell phone jumped into the toilet. No, I did not
drop it into the toilet although I have done this before. Somehow my
unlucky side reared its ugly head and after tripping over the dog while
trying to sneak out of the bedroom post bedtime routine, the phone flew
out of my hands into the bathroom (which I wasn’t even in!) and
magically lands in the toilet.
I laugh out loud as recall the
whole process. In the moment, however, I was devastated! As a
stay-at-home/work-from-home mom, my smart phone was my life line out!
From texting friends to googling medicine doses, to enjoying facebook
drama, to snapping quick photos, to ending backseat meltdowns…it did
In a time when our focus is on saving money and
avoiding wasteful purchases, I knew instantly that I would have to find a
way to survive without my smart phone until we were due to upgrade. To
my surprise transitioning myself back to the land of “dumb” phones
wasn’t as bad as I expected. It saved us money, which no matter who you
are, is always a plus! But more than that it has made my life more
thoughtful and more real.
I couldn’t just import my contacts, so I
went a few days with noone but my very close family in my reference
list. It makes you realize how many people need you in their lives and
care about you when you go technologically MIA for a day or two.
big perk that I didn’t foresee was how much extra time I had. Simply by
going from smart phone to a basic no-frill no-data phone, I was able to
play more, read more and write more. When I had my smart phone I had no
idea how much of my day was wasted online!
Losing all the bells
and whistles that come with a smart phone made me wake up and depend
more on myself than my phone. I now need to plan directions ahead, bring
my real camera and look up phone numbers and addresses before I left
home. Some might call it a hassle, having to do the things I do now, but
I now no longer feel that panic when I can’t locate my phone. It is a
sense of great personal freedom knowing I am not dependent on a tiny box
of technology. We all know how reliable technology is…not!
upgrade gets closer and closer I can’t help the feeling of dread. I do
really want a new shiny all-in-one smart phone but I feel like to get it
I have to give up a piece of my life. Do I want to be staring at a
touch screen or watching my girl learn to ride her bike? Should I glance
down to check my convenient map quest or keep my eyes on the road so I
see the car that just ran a red light? Of course I enjoy having my
friends and family’s news photos ideas at the tap of a fingertip, but I
have learned that all that information will still be there in the
evenings…after I was fully present for every shared story, every belly
laugh, every “Mommy I need you.”