Friday, February 9, 2018

My phone... by Christine Bush


I am laughing at myself. Again.

There is a saying that when you “point a finger” at someone else in criticism, you should be aware that three fingers are “pointing back at you.” Seems to be true.
 
I am always commenting (criticizing, suggesting, complaining) to my grandchildren that they are way, way, way too focused on their phones.  Dependent on them.  They text. They google. They watch stuff. They call.

Everywhere I go, I see people of all ages with their eye glued to their phones.  How did this happen? Where did this obsession come from?  Why can’t they stop?      Sigh.                                                                                

Then….
My phone broke.                                                                              
AARRGGHH!!  It took a full week to get the insurance coverage into play, and then to receive the replacement phone in the mail, and then to get it turned on and up and running. A. Whole. Week.
True confession. You would NOT want to be around me when stressed by the loss of my phone. I was paralyzed.  Unorganized. No communication. No camera.  No alarm.  Geez. I had no idea how much stress this would cause.

I no longer know ANYONE’S phone number by heart.  I don’t own a calendar. Somewhere in this house there is probably a digital camera hiding, but I have no clue where.  I couldn’t quickly check my bank balance or my email away from my desk.
 

It was a long, frustrating, inconvenient week.  Followed by great joy when that lil device was back in my hand and my world was organized again.  A lesson.  I admit it. I may not walk down the street with my face in a screen, but I am as dependent on that technology as anybody. And, to tell the truth, grateful for it!

How about you?  Are you a Phone-a-holic like me?
 
Christine Bush is an award winning writer of more than 20 stories of sweet romance, romantic mystery, and romantic suspense. When she's not writing (or looking at her phone), she can be found working as a professor of Psychology at a local college, working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or spending time with her 12 (so far) beloved grandchildren. She love to hear from readers and fellow writers!
 
Christine's latest book, a romantic suspense titled  “Almost Anonymous” was released in April. Phones actually play a role in bringing about justice in this suspense story ...  




10 comments:

  1. Christine, I admit that I depend on my phone way too much...when I'm not misplacing it, which seems to happen at least once a day! :)

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    1. I am compulsively holding mine this week!

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  2. Christine, I'm a hold out. BELIEVE IT OR NOT-I still use a flip phone and memorize phone numbers. My dh has an Iphone so he has all the bells and whistles. I'm content to flip!

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    1. Wow. Memorize? A foreign concept.. I shall ponder this!

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  3. Sorry to hear about your phone - what a pain! I admit that I don't know most phone numbers by heart, either. In fact, a year ago I asked my husband to find me a real, paper address book and I put everything in there just in case I did lose my phone or the internet went down for good or whatever LOL I am also too dependent on my phone.

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    1. I think the paper idea might be a good one. Hmmmm.

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  4. I try not to be. I resisted having one for a long time. I do like having it when I'm out and about in case I need to call someone.

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    1. Yes, good for safety. Hardly such a thing as a pay phone anymore!

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  5. Glad you have your phone back. I do love having a smart phone, but it's usually downstairs when I'm upstairs or vice versa. I play tennis and when we're in a match we have to have our phones on silent. Then I forget to turn it back on when I'm finished. I love having an instant camera with me when I can catch the perfect picture.

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    1. I love the camera.. though perfect pictures usually elude me. I'm famous for cutting peoples' heads off.. or catching them chewing. Sigh.

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