Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Apple of My iPhone
My children truly are the apple of my eye and, in fact, have apples in their own eyes. It’s just that their apples are attached to laptops, ipods, and cell phones. I’m certain that it is probably a bad decision, but I enjoy giving my children better things than I have. Who can resist the twinkle in their eyes as those apple commercials taunt them with the next Steve Jobs creation. When it comes to technological gadgets, I am at the bottom of the pile with my antiquated hardware. Months before I am due an upgrade on my cell phone and modern technology is within my reach, my children have hacked my account, reviewed and compared all five users to see who has the nearest upgrade on the horizon and have pre-selected the phones of their choice. My little flip phone has served me well, but when you can no longer dial the number “8” it is a clear sign from the AT&T demigods that it is time for an upgrade. While I tape my screen together and have lost all friends with eights in their numbers, my children get my upgrade and leave the store with the latest and greatest in cell phones. Their eyes are all bright and shiny with silver apples in them once again. I smile and take their hand me down phones and am thrilled to get them. It is interesting what you can discover on your children’s phones. I currently have my daughter’s former phone. As an added bonus, I now have pictures of every puppy she has seen within 1000 miles of our home and 200 photos of her framing her face from one arm length away. My address book is most interesting because everyone has names of celebrities. I did not know that I was Carrie Underwood and don’t even want to know how I got that name. Her father has the name of a cute boy at school that she likes so that her friends could see him calling her every time her dad called. She would smile and talk sweet leaving her friends to ooh and ah while they were completely unaware that she was actually making her dad feel oh so important. My address book also includes characters from books she has read, movie stars and other famous people. It’s not many people in this town that get calls from Brad PItt and Jesus. I do. Recently, I had left my phone full of famous people at home and needed to call my son. My daughter’s new phone was in my purse, so I retrieved it to make this very simple phone call. The first thing I discovered was that phone was locked. I tried every password I could think of such as her birthday, her pet names, and even curse words after I had exhausted all ideas and had reached total frustration. I took the phone to her and with that one eye half shut look that only a mother can give, demanded she unlock the phone without ever saying a word. She types in “The Sky” with two thumbs and the phone opens up offering me a palette of applications and more glamour shots of her. I jumped to the “J’s” in her address book to call my son, but he wasn’t there. Realizing he must have some alias, I asked how she had him listed. She told me to look under “A’s” It seems his name was “Too Cool for School A Really Cool Guy.” Realizing I was entering the world of Allie logic I had to ask..... Why “A”? “Too Cool” begins with a T. It appears that “A Really Cool Guy” was the last name. Never saw that coming. While I learn to navigate my hand me down phone pre-programmed by a ten year old I am keenly aware that many a surprise is tucked away in this hand held device leaving me with a virtual treasure hunt. So as I discover more pictures of puppies and rekindle relationships with those with “8”s in their phone numbers, my daughter’s arm grows a bit longer each day so the evolutionary process will allow her future offspring to take perfectly focused pictures of themselves and have all they need within an arms reach away.