I reached for my iPhone to snap a pictures of my 16 month old daughter Kalena, she was just adorable, lying so quietly on the boat napping, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe she actually fell asleep on the boat at the lake!” To my sudden surprise…my phone wasn’t where I left it.
I frantically searched all over the boat and asked if anyone happened to see it, after all it is in a bright pink case! To no avail…then on the drive home I tried the “find my iPhone” app. That didn’t work either, it couldn’t track my phone (no wireless internet or cell service in the middle of the lake). Then came my Aha! Moment. Unbeknownst to me, my little Kalena, must have picked up my cell phone and dropped it in the lake (when in doubt blame the kids right?). You see about an hour before she fell into her silent peaceful slumber we caught her trying to toss a pair of sunglasses overboard. The phone… is at the bottom of Bartlett Lake.
I nearly lost my mind the first few hours without the small piece of technology. I thought to myself, “I need it! What will I do if my kids need me during the day? What if work calls?” My frustration grew as I thought of the photos I took earlier in the day lost…and how will I ever keep up with social media?! (I later realized the latter was more of a selfish ambition than worry, after all, do we really need social media).
As you’ve guessed it, I survived and remarkably well at that. I spend less time on Facebook and twitter and used my home telephone more (who has one of those anymore?!). I also realized how much I missed hearing the voices of friends and family. Besides, I wasn’t as anxious, chasing after my phone when it tweeted to indicate a text/tweet or Facebook message. I actually learned to enjoy the fact that no one could get a hold of me. I even learned to talk to strangers (don’t tell my mother!), one let me use his cell phone to call work when I couldn’t find a crew at the Phoenix Convention Center. Hey, this isn’t a bad way to make new friends.
After 6 long days and nights without a phone/alarm/text/Facebook/tweet via my friendly little piece of technology. It was quite refreshing and I’m grateful… now.. for the experience. I learned a lot about my threshold for patience, about the patience of others and how to cope when something goes bad for a brief moment, or a week.