Saturday, December 16, 2006
We know not what we do...
Today when I left church my cell phone vibrated and I walked outside to answer it. When I finished my conversation a little 10 or 11 year old girl walked up to me, "Mrs. Beavers," she said, "may I see your cell phone?"
"Why?" I asked.
"I want to see if we have the same phone." I handed her my phone because I was curious. She took it and went into her pocket and pulled out her cell and put them up against each other.
"Yours is much larger than mines and I really like your color."
"What color is yours?" I wanted to know.
"Hot pink! But I don't understand why yours is bigger."
At this time her mother walks up to me and join the conversation. "I like yours better."
"I don't see a difference," I said.
"Well, yours is bigger."
While we stood there talking several other young kids walked up and started showing me their cells. This is stupid, I thought.
I have been thinking about this a lot this evening. When my daughter was thirteen years old she was a cheerleader, on Pom-poms and dance team. To go pick her up after practice she had to keep calling the house because both my husband and I would be on the computer and at that time we had dial up so it was hard for her to reach us. So we decided to get her a cell and after her many practices she could call one of our cells and we would immediately leave to go get her. We hadn't yet purchase DSL because we had signed a contract with MSN and were waiting on it to end.
Another thing happened that made us want her to have access to us and that was the Columbine shooting. But we tried hard to monitor her. Her second month of having her phone she ran it up to $500.00. Her dad and I sat her down and explain the phone to her, her privilege in having one and about the value of a dollar. Both her dad and I worked so we paid the bill and began a real monitoring campaign because her phone was a necessity for our family. While she was practicing her dad and I was making money using the computer which is heavily involved in our jobs.
She was thirteen when she had that high phone bill, never again since. Think what someone younger would do.
Now everybody has a phone. One lady told me that her third grader was pleading for one for Christmas and she was thinking about getting it. While she was talking I was thinking I should invest in a cellular phone company.
I know that the children today wouldn't understand our world of yesterday because of all this high tech stuff, but man these children are living large now. I pray that what we are doing to our children by giving them so much now that it won't ruin them but maybe it will encourage them to graduate from school and find work to keep their lifestyle.