Monday, May 21, 2012

You mean people didn't always have cell phones?!

Yesterday I had to do something pretty horrifying.

I had to explain life BEFORE CELL PHONES to my children.

I know! I think a tiny piece of me died inside. 

After the Big Guy's baseball game, we pulled into a gas station so Al could put some air in my truck tires.  The air pump just so happened to be next to a telephone booth.  While I didn't even give it a thought, the Big Guy yelled out 'What's a telephone doing there like that?  That doesn't make any sense!' and laughed as his brothers agreed.

Dear God.

I took all the boys out of the truck and gave them a lesson.  When Mommy was your age, there were no cell phones.  The boys actually gasped.  Its true.  And if you broke down or you needed to make a call you had to find a pay this one.  There used to be lots of them then.  You put money in and make a call. 

Hysterical to them.  So funny in fact they each had to try it out, while posing.  Check out these faces.

See what I did there?  I gave it the old timey look on Instagram.  Since phone booths are ancient now.

The Bunny Bee took his turn holding the phone.  I was only allowed to snap the photo after he decided on what look he would do.

And here's the Doodle Bop.

I'm sure we confused everyone at the gas station too.  I got the boys back in the truck, hand sanitized the hell out of their hands and then they asked me when I got a cell phone.

I told them I was 19.  And it was one of these.

It was 1996 and I was STYLIN' in my 86 powder blue Ford Escort.

With my already out of date bag cell phone.  But I so didn't care, because I was one of the first teenagers I knew to have a cell phone.  I never did get to have one of those cool pagers before that.  And I have had a cell phone ever since!  My kids don't even believe there was a time cell phones didn't have a camera and the Internet on it.

I don't think they would have survived life in the 80's and 90's.


  1. This is hilarious. But scary at the same time. I'll never forget years ago, when my parents told me about a woman they saw at the mall with one of those bag cell phones. It was a HUGE DEAL, everybody they told the story to was in awe of the woman with a phone in her bag.

  2. OMG! This post is hysterical! Wait until you tell them about the dial up internet! LOL I totally had that cell phone in a bag too, but them upgraded to a giant flip phone. :)

  3. I remember my first cell phone and thinking, what did I do before I had this amazing thing. The thought progressed each time I upgraded to a new one. First the BB then the droid. What's next?? iphone?? ;) I did have a pager back in the day. lol!

  4. Soooo funny!!! I remember all the stages of no cell phones, to crazy phones in big boxes as car phones (never had one personally) to big ol' phones down to the fabulous iphones we have now. My girls have also never seen a phone booth.

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