Friday, October 21, 2011

Taking matters into their own hands.

Cell phones have become a fairly common item in our society.   So much so, that even our children are 'kind of' beginning to wonder when they will 'get' theirs.  Kind of like a social security card they think.  That everyone NEEDS one and is just given one when the time comes.

Which is so totally not the case.  Because see- I'm kind of like an old fashioned grandma in the sense that we still have a house phone.  A real live phone that is connected to the outside world by actual wires that run on poles down the side of the road.  And I do in fact have a cell phone- but see- I'm an adult.  And I have a job to pay for that luxury.  And for over 1900 years (and longer) people survived without cell phones.  Cable tv too, so I hear.  So I am positive that they are in fact not a necessity.  And my feeling with my children is that someday, perhaps soon- or maybe not, we will choose to provide them with a nicety such as a cell phone.  But it will be for MY conveninience and assurance of their safety, rather than for theirs.  And right now, I'm just not positive that it is the time.

Interestingly enough, Sam decided to make his own cell phone.  With any luck he will let Allyson borrow it and she will quite begging me for one.


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Carrie said...

Eleven year old Luke figures it's past time for him to have his own cell phone since most of his friends have one. Too bad Mom doesn't feel that same sense of urgency. Poor guy. I completely agree with you.

Vicki said...

Stick to your guns, Mynde! Neither one of my kids got a cell phone until they started driving. Oh, sure... they thought they needed one "in case you need to get a hold of me" but I didn't buy it. I told them that since I always knew where they were if I needed to get in touch with them, I would simply call the parent of the child that they were with.
Worked every time.