A Time Before Cell Phones
I made a quick run to the grocery store late last night to grab some pizzas for dinner. As we were in the process of repainting our kitchen walls and the stove was not in its’ rightful place, something easy to fix was in need. Although the nearest store is less than three miles from my house, I immediately felt hesitant about the drive when I realized I had left my iPhone at home.
What if they needed something else from the store? What if my car died? What if I got a flat tire? What would I do? All of these things were racing through my mind as I turned the corner and passed a car that was in fact, pulled off to the side of the road with their hazard lights on and the hood up. And before you ask, no, I did not stop to see if there was anyone still with the car or if they needed assistance. I was alone, it was dark and I had NO cell phone.
This begs the question, what did we do before we had cell phones? I know that for as long as I have been driving there have been cell phones. I can even recall the first cell phone, or rather car phone that my parents had. It was a big block that actually had a wire cord attached to the hand-held piece you talk in to. It’s amazing how far technology has come since I was a child. Big chunky cell phones that resembled bricks are now small and sleek and so advanced that you can surf the web, watch a movie or look at your friend while you chat.
Thinking back, there have been so many times I’ve driven places that had no lighting on the roadways and places to stop for help were few and far between. I can’t imagine not having a way to call for help immediately should I need it. And if I had to walk to the nearest store for help that was miles away, in the dark, I shudder to think. I’m not afraid of the walk, it’s everyone else I don’t trust. What if my 10-month old were in the car with me?
I’m sure there are still some old-timers out there that refuse to roll with the technology punches. Do they ever stop and wonder what they will do if they are broke down on the side of a road somewhere with no help in sight? It doesn’t do a lot of good to have Triple A if you have no way to contact them.
Lucky for me, I made it there and back with no mishaps but one can never be too careful. It’s almost as if my phone is an extension of me. It’s something that I am never far from because you never know what may come up that will leave you wishing it was right there by your side. Will I double-check to make sure I have my cell phone the next time I leave? Most definitely.