I remember it like it was yesterday….because it was yesterday. The fear gripped me tight, my heart was racing, my mind jumping from one terrible scenario to the next. What about my friends and loved ones, all those moments we’ve shared? Would I ever talk to them again? How would I get through even the next 10 minutes without my precious baby? Yes, I had lost….my smartphone.
I’ll admit my reaction to momentarily losing my cellphone in the couch cushions is irrational, and it’s all my fault. Pam, imagine that in a split second, you misplaced your alarm clock, phone and address book, personal calendar, camera with over a thousand stored pictures, and laptop computer. I was LOST without it.
Remember when we used cellphones to make calls? Yeah, me neither. When my phone actually RINGS these days it’s either my mom or a pre-recorded telemarketer that leaves creepy messages. I’m not sure anyone younger than the age of 20 is even aware that phones can be used to make calls- all they do is text! Or send Snapchat videos and Instagrams.
Does ANYONE actually take pictures with a camera, then go to Walgreen’s and print them out and painstakingly arrange them in a photo album? I haven’t developed a picture in years! Every moment I’ve deemed worthy of capturing with a picture is in my stupid phone or on Facebook.
The alarm clock with the giant glowing numbers was retired years ago in favor of the phone sitting by my head on the nightstand, and rudely waking me up with the most annoying melody EVER. Even more annoying that BEEP BEEP BEEP. I have over a thousand songs stored on my phone. And don’t even ask me how my day looks or what Max’s number is without my phone. I’m incapable of remembering anything without it.
I guess what I’m trying to say is….the smarter the phone, the dumber the person? I sure felt dumb frantically looking around for my phone like I’d lost a loved one. Pam, maybe you and your dumb phone are on to something!