Yesterday on the subway, I unzipped the compartment in my purse where I keep my phone, and discovered it was missing.
My heart stopped.
I began to hyperventilate.
Had I dropped it on my walk to the station? Not unless my purse bottomed out and disgorged its contents onto the street like a piñata.
Did a pickpocket steal it? No, nobody came near me, bumped me, or distracted me, unless you call a series of cute youngsters walking their even cuter pooches a distraction.
I slumped down in my seat and mentally went through the steps I take when readying myself to go home.
That’s when it hit me.
I left the phone on my desk.
How is that possible?
It’s my right arm, my lifeline, my entertainment, my reading, my video watching, my Internet searching, my photo catalog, my music, my note taking, my contacts, my phone numbers, my camera, my clock, my calculator, my calendar, my memory and my brain!
I was devastated.
Sweat beads appeared on my upper lip.
I told myself to calm down.
It was only a phone.
Millions live without one and are quite happy.
Right. But I wasn’t millions.
I needed my phone. Now!
I tossed the idea around of going back to retrieve it, but I was too far into the commute home by then.
Oh well, I said, you needed some peace and quiet so here’s your chance.
Okay. Let’s see what life is like while being shut off from the world.
Alf picked me up at the station and as soon as I climbed into the car, I said, “I need to use your phone, to call the kids, to tell them they can’t call me because I don’t have my phone with me tonight.”
Calvin says, “You’re a nut case. I don’t need a phone. I come with an internal clock that notifies me everyday when it’s dinner time. What else do you need?”