I like my computer and my new Cricut. I like the freedom that women have to pursue any career, including that of mother. I've even warmed up to some of this century's music. But one thing that I've resisted--not quite kicking and screaming, but almost--is getting a cell phone. I have LOVED not being reachable at times. I figure the voice mail on our home phone was good enough for anyone who wanted to talk to me, and I usually got back to them within the day. Sure, it would be nice to have a phone to get help in an emergency; but since the other 99% of the population has a phone on them, I didn't think it would be too difficult to get that help if I really needed it.
A few things have changed.
I was standing in line at Wal-Mart's checkout a few weeks ago when the power went out. The lights came on ten seconds later, but it took nearly 25 minutes for the phones and registers to come back online. I had to borrow an employee's cell phone to ask my friend to pick up #5 from preschool. My own phone would have been nice.
My kids are reaching the age of hanging out with friends for long hours, and it would be nice to have one number to reach them at instead of memorizing all the friends' numbers.
Plus, I very often find myself thinking about how I would react in situations involving an emergency or an attack on someone. For certain, a cell phone would be handy there--not to mention a taser, but I'm not ready for that yet.
It all came to a head yesterday, and I had to make a choice. Kent and his business partner upgraded to iPod touch phones, which meant there was an extra phone for me. Again I resisted and insisted that I didn't want one, but their plan includes service for five phones regardless of if there are five people to use them. So I swallowed my cell phone pride and accepted this little thing. I justified it in my own out-of-the-box thinking: it's the perfect size for a door stop the next time I need one.
I'm still holding out on Facebook and Twitter though! I just can't bring myself to complicate my time any further.