Yesterday I had a conversation with someone who was trying to explain where a certain lake was in another state I will be visiting. As she described the roads and the intersection with the Orange Moose*, she quipped, "You know, just use your phone to look it up."
I kept a straight face, but inside I went, "HA!" like some text bubble above Lucy's head in a Charles Schulz cartoon.
I am a person who counts my blessings. So instead of complaining/admitting that I don't have a fancy smart phone in the palm of my hand, I will brag about what I do have.
In the '90s, my phone would have been Da Bomb!
It makes calls and sends texts. (Though please don't send me a text with an emoticon. It turns the whole message into pretty little squares.)
It tells time.
It has a notepad so I can keep track of all the medications I use and the dates of my kids' last tetanus shot, which I have to write on school forms every year.
It has a stopwatch with the tiniest numbers ever created, making it impossible for me to "go running" without my contacts. ("Go running" is a very, v-e-r-y loose term here.)
It has a rarely used calculator.
It has a QWERTY keyboard, thank goodness! Imagine typing those long medication names using only keypad numbers.
5-5-5..L Oops! Where is the backspace??
It also has a...wait for it.................. camera!
Sure it can only hold about 12 pictures. But it comes in handy when I encounter a five-foot stuffed Olaf displayed in the infant/toddlers dept. at Sears-- which I need to haul off its three-foot pedestal in order to capture its larger than life adorable-ness with my daughter.
It also has a nice WARNING message to tell me my memory is FULL and I CAN'T take a picture of my kid's first moment wearing braces next to the ortho waiting room whiteboard announcing
Congratulations, SARAH, your braces are ON!
--unless I erase Olaf or some other much-needed picture.
I do have a pocket camera purchased just for this reason, but did you know that sand and telephoto lenses don't get along?
That's a story for another day.
So, yes, my humble, not-so-Smart phone is a little black box of awesomeness.
Besides, if I had Smart phone GPS capability, I may never even notice the Orange Moose on my way to who-knows-where. What's the fun in that?
*Anyone want to guess where the Orange Moose is?