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Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS) Start with a Verb


Kicking and screaming is how they’re going to have to pry my cell phone out of my cold dead hand.

Okay, not really. But seriously, I’m not sure I could live without my cell phone. But it’s not only me, either.

Consider this: When I was young (a teenager) I used to go out with my friends. (Of course.) I’d have a curfew and my mother would be sitting in the kitchen waiting for me to come home. She made sure I had a dime in case I needed to call. I’m sure she must have sat by the phone as well.

Now (these days), when my son went out (he’s moved out now) I’d not have to sit by the phone – it would be in my pocket. He didn’t need a dime – he had a cell. I knew that at any given moment he could call me without needing to look for a payphone.

How did our parents survive back then? I’d be worried poo-less!

I can’t imagine having to go through all that waiting, and wondering, and worrying about my kids. I don’t worry as much about my own safety now either.

I suppose it prepared my mother for when I went to Japan by myself – I didn’t have a cell phone then. But in Japan I felt very safe.

Anyway, I’m starting to ramble. That’s what SoCS is all about though.

What do you think? Could you live without a cell phone? Would you let your kids out of the house at night without one?


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

19 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS) Start with a Verb

  1. Good one. Sorry I didn’t read all the instructions through. I was honestly interrupted by my grandson and got back to reading them after I’d posted. Let’s say the unspoken verb was align… 🙂

    Wouldn’t matter if my kids had cells or not – when they were younger I had a better chance of them answering but if they didn’t want to they’d say ‘oops it was on vibrate’.

    It does come in handy for emergencies and these days it’s the only phone I have…


    • I know a lot of people who have given up landlines. Cells certainly are easier to ignore though, aren’t they? haha


      • I’ve been guilty of that myself.

        Makes you wonder why you paid for what you did in the past, well, I think about it anyway. I not only had a cell phone but a landline, platinum package cable, video on demand, movie rentals and purchases… over time I narrowed it down, no cable at all, I’d tell my kids the movies were too expensive – wait until it comes out on tape, we can watch it as often as we want and pause it to pee or make food – for a long while I kept cell and landline then decided to walk on the wild side with only a cell. Nowadays you can watch shows, movies, TV in general on your cell. I like a laptop for the sake of the larger screen, but I’d love to get one of those notebooks and of course my next toy will be an iPhone.


        • I still have the whole package – I’ve thought about cutting out the cable – but I can’t live without my landline, in case something happens to my signal and I have a medical emergency with Alex. It’s worth it for the peace of mind.


          • Of course. You situation is different. A land line is necessary. Teaching abroad cured me of what I thought were necessities. I began incorporating changes before I’d left, and since living out of a suitcase there’s a lot I no longer think twice about living without.


  2. I don’t know what kinda nightmares you’re trying to give me, but I could do without them, I’m sure! Leave the house without a cell phone? No way! Our wee ones don’t have phones yet, but the big kids do, and lemme just say, on their behalf, just because they have the phone doesn’t mean they’ll answer the phone. My texts are often postponed. “Oh I was in class.” “Oh I didn’t hear it.” “Oh I was taking a nap.” Blah blah blah, I don’t worry less at all! But boy, lemme tell you, if they need me, I’d better answer that phone immediately, because don’t you know they worry about me, being so far away!?!


  3. I would not appreciate to live without my cell phone now, where I live so far away from my kids.
    When they were younger, the cell phones were very new and I only gave them a cell phone, I had the house phone, which was enough for me that time.


  4. Have cell phones replaced trust?


  5. At this age, nope. I wouldn’t want to because it is the one thing that keeps my family close to me.


  6. I could live without a cell phone and do. I tend to use it for emergencies and when I travel. I’m sure though that at times my daughter wished I didn’t have her cell number 🙂
    What I couldn’t live without is my computer.


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