Last week when Frank’s photo challenge was connections I thought about posting this picture of yesteryear: an old rotary dial telephone. It might be old technology but it still worked when I noticed it several years ago!
My mom has talked to her mom on the telephone at least once a week for as long as I can remember. She used to give strict instructions whenever one of us kids went into the Post Office to get the mail: leave the phone bill in the mailbox if Dad was in the car. (We lived in a small town where everyone got their mail at the Post Office.) Long-distance phone calls added up but she managed the money and always made ends meet!
As a college student I talked to my parents by telephone every Sunday morning. I’d “one-ring” them from the dorm by calling home and letting it ring just once. They’d call back immediately. It was the cheapest way to have a phone conversation. For years I thought it was Mom who wanted to talk; then one day I was with them when Dad asked Mom to call my sister so HE could talk.The rotary dial was replaced by buttons but the phone was still plugged into a wall socket and still had a twisty, twirly phone cord! As teens we’d stretch the phone cord as far as we possibly could to get around the corner from the kitchen for a more private conversation!
My husband and I entered the cordless phone age when we moved into a house with very few phone jacks. At least two houses later – and in an era where landlines are going away – we still use a set of cordless phones. Every once in a while the question “where’s the phone?” comes up.
I resisted cell phones until going away for two weeks of continuing education a dozen years ago. My husband still uses an old flip phone – although we’ve been talking about getting him an upgrade! Meanwhile I have a semi-smart cell phone which works just fine for phone calls and text messages; in a pinch I can use it to check my email.
My mom now talks to her mom via telephone every other day or so. I usually talk to my parents a couple times a week. When Dad wants to talk he’ll phone (or ask Mom to call) and suggest visiting via Skype. Being able to see each other while talking means he can show off the latest creation from his wood shop or Mom’s sewing room.
Communications technology. What will they think of next?