AS A TEENAGER YOU ARE
IN THE LAST STAGE
OF YOUR LIFE
WHEN YOU WILL BE HAPPY
THAT THE PHONE IS FOR YOU.
I am not much of a phone person so it surprised me when, a few years back, a sense of nostalgia swept through me when my husband and I got rid of our home phone, keeping only our cell phones.
I thought about the toy phone my sister and I played with.
I remember giggling with my aunt as we'd pretend we could see each other through the phone.
I can still feel the way the cord curled around my fingers as I tried to stretch it into my teenaged bedroom for some privacy.
I recall coming in from college classes, seeing the flashing light on my answering machine, and feeling connected, wanted, part of a group of friends.
Today, I would rather send smoke signals or put a message in a bottle than use the phone. I will email or text. I'll write a letter. But when it comes to phone conversations, I am more awkward than ever. I'll do it, but it's not pretty.
At first, I worried - was I turning into a hermit? Was I losing the few social skills I had? But now I just go with it, embrace who I am, focus on ways to socialize that suit me and my personality. After all, times change. And so do people.
Hmm, anyone know if Muggles are allowed to use Owl Post...?