I think my older boys (age 12) have wanted a cell phone for 5 years already. Most of their friends carry phones, and I hear about that fact often. I’m happy to provide a phone when they need one, but I’ve resisted all these years because of expense, the fact that it’s not a need, and a bit of concern over all those reports that the radiation from cell phones may be harmful especially to younger humans.
It’s not like the boys talk on the regular phone. I think they’ve called a friend to chat all of one time in their lives. They occasionally talk to grandparents, and they’ll answer when I call if I’m out. But that’s about it. Why should we add two (and eventually 4) more phones to the bill? I’ve been very content with keeping the bill as low as possible, and have thus far stuck with a simple phone that could take and receive calls. I’ve sent a text message or two, but only because I absolutely had to. Because we don’t have a text option on the cell phone plan-see above note about me wanting to keep things simple and cheap-we have to pay quite a bit per text.
Now that the older boys are playing on sports teams that travel and practice further from home, Hubby and I agreed that providing a phone was a good plan. I found one on sale and gave it to them for Christmas. The Mercenary also took advantage of holiday deals to buy himself an ipod, and quickly got himself a Skype account and taught himself how to thumb type.
At Hubby’s insistence I upgraded to a smartphone last month. It has already been proven useful in several cases; whether it was communicating easily on the road or digging up information online or keeping up with various notifications, I’m enjoying the phone. I still hadn’t texted though.
Then last week I was driving home when my phone chirped. Surprised, I found that my boy had sent a text message from his ipod. I stopped to read the message. It was long, cheerful, and he’d taken the time to type it all out for me. How cool was that?? It may be silly that a little message warmed my heart so much, but that’s okay. Having your kid take the time to think about you and send a little cheery note is a big deal.
I want more. I told Hubby that we have to add text messaging to our cell phone plan. He was pretty surprised to hear that from me of all people. Don’t tell my boys, but I’ll happily pay money to communicate with them so easily.
Now I’m going to have to figure out how to send texts on my phone. 6UXA8SFT3RWT
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