My children aren’t quite of texting age yet. In fact, although they are somewhat technologically savvy, the time they spend staring at electronic gadgets is minimal.
I spend more time banging away on my computer and cellphone than they do.
I’m often ashamed at how dependent I have become on these items. My personal calendar (which I never needed until Mom Brain set in nine years ago) keeps me on track, “Hey! You need to be here. Now!” it dings at me all day, every day.
Although the boys don’t text their friends, our house phone still rings for them. They chat about WWE and plot to have sleepovers and play time together.
Last week I picked up my sons at a friends house in our neighborhood.
As we were leaving, their friend tossed a walkie-talkie into our car.
“Here! Call me on this when you get home,” he said.
I laughed, “Really, guys? You just spent all day together and I doubt the range is long enough anyways.”
Oh, how wrong I was.
There are about four bends in the road between their house and ours. At each bend, my son barked into the walkie-talkie, “Can you still hear me?”
At every turn on the drive home and from our living, too, the response was the same: “Yes! I can hear you!”
For the rest of the week we were subjected to static noise, beeping, clicking, popping, hissing and “Hey! Are you there? Hello?” from the little yellow box.
The kids talked back and forth for hours.
When my husband finally piped up and said, “Aren’t they tired of those things yet?” I simply said, “In a matter of time this will be texting, not talking.”
For now, they are texting old-school-style, but at least they aren’t spending summer plopped in front of the TV. They are running to every corner of the yard and room in the house with the walkie-talkie asking, “Can you still hear me?”
And there are important things to be discussed when you are 7 and 9 years old, “Dude! There is a snake in the creek! It’s coming your way!”
Before long the kids will be teenagers giving us the silent treatment. So, hearing their little voices now is a blessing (right?). And batteries for a walkie-talkie are a lot cheaper than a cell phone data plan.