Think about it! Really think about it! When was the last time you personally USED a public telephone in a telephone booth? As for myself, I cannot remember; I think it was in the 1980’s. I do remember using an AT&T calling card to pay for a call on a payphone in the Illinois Central train station in Chicago when my daughter was young. My husband the engineer made certain we were up with any technological changes and we had a cell phone as soon as they were affordable. On the whole, I believe our cell phone usage has created a hole in our societal norms, the things we don’t always see but expect to be there. As a child, we knew if we got ourselves too far from home, we could always call home “collect” and get someone to rescue us from whatever mess we’d gotten into. When was the last time someone called home collect? Most of us no longer even have a home phone.
Just this spring while my daughter’s family was on vacation in the Luray Caverns area in Virginia, she sent this photo (with her smart phone) and we all had a good laugh at it. Our little 2 1/2 year old grandson knew exactly what to do with that dangling telephone receiver(although the receiver is backwards with the speaker near his mouth instead of his ear) . When I read this article today it made me pause and think about what other things in our “modern” world are changing so quickly that we do not notice they are almost gone? Any thoughts?
As one of the few people on earth who hasn’t yet embraced the smart phone fad, I have had cause to miss the conveniently located but humble telephone booths that used to dot our towns, shopping centers, gas stations, and even country bus stops. I saw recently that Arkansas has listed one of its last […]