Needless to say, neither of my grown children would consider ever having a land line. My son’s sweet girlfriend narrated a story about a friend’s eight-year-old child. Her parents, being under fifty, have never in the child’s life had a phone for which a cord was attached. However the child, who had taken many cruises with her parents, recognized the old-style phone as something that could be found in their cabins aboard ship. While staying at a hotel recently, the child spied one of those big phones on the bedside table and remarked, “I thought those were only used to call the ship’s captain!”
My, but times change. And so do phones.
A couple of weeks back my friend and I were touring a Houston neighborhood that was established a hundred years ago. One of the newly restored houses retained the old telephone alcove in the hallway. My friend asked, “How did those big, old phones fit on those slender shelves?” I answered that until the early 1950s home phones were those “pole style” like this:
|Phone alcove from 1920-1940s|
|This is what I got when I was 18. I had my own number!|
On the subject of phones, who still keeps phone books? I used to have a whole cupboard for them, but now I find everything online. The drastic change in phones makes for a lot less worry. Women driving at night know that help’s just a button away if there’s car trouble—or any kind of trouble. And what a comfort it is for parents to know their kids will never be farther than a phone call away.
Progress is good, but one does hate some aspects of, like the demise of the newspaper industry.
To answer my initial question, yes, I still have a land line. I love my iPhone, but as a writer who sits at her desk all day, that desktop phone is still my go-to phone. And it never has to be charged.