Tuesday, January 22, 2008

If You're Over 40, You Might Understand This

To my kids:

I realize that you live in a "text messaging" generation and that sending texts is like second nature to you. And while I love to hear from you in any form, I hope you will understand the difficulties I have with texting. First of all, as you know, I need my reading glasses to read anything, and especially anything on the little cell phone. Therefore, if I receive a text message when my reading glasses aren't readily available, I might not be able to see what you're telling me. But I will try squinting until the words come into focus hoping that no one around sees me because I look pretty funny trying to read without my glasses -- I know this because I've accidentally taken so many pictures of myself with this camera phone while squinting to find the right buttons. And then if you need a response from me, the answer may be quite delayed as I must first find the reading glasses, then figure out how to write a message back, in which I always make a mistake. While trying to figure out how to "backspace" I then lose everything I've already typed in and have to start from scratch again. After about fifteen minutes of trying to text a message back to you, I'll probably just give up and call you. You might want to try that sometime -- it's a great thing these cell phones can do. You can dial a number and actually TALK to the person on the other line and you don't have to do all that typing into your phone and waiting for a response! Works for me 'cause I still have my hearing. It's a great invention -- what will they think of next?

13 comments:

Kay said...

hahaha!
That's what I always think. Why not just talk to the person?!

Sindi said...

It is funny to hear you say that because I was the same way when I first started texting on my phone. I know for me it is a lot cheaper to text someone then to call them.

Warren Peace said...

Beautiful. It's as if we're going backwards. We've gone from Morse code to telegrams to dial then tone phones, cell phones then backwards to texting. What's next? A phone that transmits a series of dots and dashes?

I love to how kid's standing next to each other text each other! Just speak up you little monkey!

But then, I'm 42, on the brink of geezerdom.

sister sheri said...

Thanks, Kathy! What a laugh... er... I mean... LOL!

uriah said...

Hey! This has nothing to do with age. I'm 27 and I can't text message to save my life. In fact, I hate it.

This is also coming from a graphics/web designer/computer geek. I love technology and I always have the latest toys. But texting doesn't make sense. It's a cop out from actually calling the person.

Sandi said...

Too funny. I can so relate.

Juliana RW said...

my mother also have the same problem with you, 3 years ago. But now, everyday send sms to me with her cellphone. Now, she get use to it.

Because i live in the netherlands and she is in Jakarta - Indonesia. So, she must learn and use to it to send sms to me :D

Amel's Realm said...

I know what you mean, Kathy. My parents don't have a mobile phone 'coz once we got one for them and they were just at a loss on how to use it. They don't even know how to use an ATM.

But THANKS for telling me all this...this way I'll make sure I call them more often, esp. if I have the money he he he...

74WIXYgrad said...

I can imagine this conversation between Alexander Graham Bell and his BFF Watson.

Bell-WU

Watson IDK WUWU

Bell BRB

BP said...

I don't see how people can text so fast. I've never tried it myself.

Frasypoo said...

Its hard text messaging the kids,my step kids do it all the time.My husband takes funny pic and sends it when they are at school!!

Nina said...

Very funny Kathy!
I'm the same way. I'm really excited though because I understood everything 74 wixygrad said!

Hannah Leaf said...

Kathy, did you find the sheet music to trust his heart...because if you did..I am looking to get it too. I found some chords but I am not sure if they go to the same song. please let me know thanks.

Hannah Leaf
leaf.hannah@yahoo.com