Friday, April 11, 2008

Dream-breaker

This week, my husband did something he said he'd never do. He bought a cell phone! He is adamant that the phone be used only on road trips or when I'm out alone with our son. He says people lived just fine for many years without cell phones, and that having one takes all the fun and adventure out of having road trouble. "Excuse me?" I responded. "What part of road trouble is fun?!"

We got a Tracfone since we only plan to use it for travel or emergencies, but I have to say I feel a little safer knowing I have the option to call if I need it. I'm OK with not using it daily.

Eric has gone so far as to say that it was a life-long goal of his to never own a cell phone. So I'm sorry, honey, to squash this dream of yours. (That reminds me of another goal he had as a single person: that the next time he moved, he would only take with him what would fit in his midsize car. I told him when we married that this dream could no longer be a reality.)

20 comments:

Susan said...

Ha! I used to think I will never own a cell phone. Then before I got married, I moved in with my mom temperarily, who told me I had to get a cell number. I had too many phone calls to me, and she didn't want to deal with that. So I got a pay as you go phone from free from Virgin Mobile. Worked great. In Europe, you bet I have a cell, they call them "handy"s and not cell phones. Anyway, it is sure "Handy" when I am in trouble in this foreign land or lost:)

thehomespunheart said...

I, too, was in the camp of hoping never to buy a cell phone - however, I am happily converted to the other side! :) I use it for long distance calling more than anything.

As for the moving in a mid-size car - oh my, that is so not happenin'!

Katie said...

My husband bought a cell phone for me about 8 years ago when I was going to college and often had to walk alone by myself and commute and such. We have it still and added a line for him on a family plan. When we talk to each other, it doesn't count for any minutes. This has been a real blessing to us during his deployments! Also, since his family lives a couple of states down, we use it on the weekends without it costing any minutes to keep in touch as well. Several months, we hardly use up the minutes we're allowed! Overall, I feel it was a worthwhile purchase for the peace of mind when we're on the road and such. I hope yours does the same for you! :-)

Niki RuralWritings said...

I'm a firm believer in the extra safety of having a cell phone. So, good hubby for providing one to you!!

Anonymous said...

I love and admire Eric's commitment to simple living and not desiring all of the "toys" our world has available! And he is right, of course, that we did live for many years without cell phones (those of us who are old enough to remember a time before cell phones!) However, having been "rescued" along the side of the road with a broken-down vehicle more than once because of my cell phone (we also have a Tracfone), the peace of mind is something I appreciate. We seldom use our phone for anything other than traveling and the occasional call to say we are running late or forgot something. You won't catch us chatting on the phone as we drive down the road!! Love you, Mom

Liisa said...

We were firmly against having a cell phone too and then my Mum moved away and gave us hers....all we need to do is buy the minutes so we kept it and buy the minimum amount just to have it incase of an emergency. It has come in handy already!

Blessings,
Liisa

mer said...

I definitely think there are pros and cons to owning cell phones.

My husband was a hold out for a long, long time also. His colleagues (with their crackberrys) would look at him like he was crazy when he said he didn't have a cell.

He mostly uses it when he travels, and I gotta tell you it's very nice to call him directly instead of "hoping" to catch him in between meetings, etc.

Amy said...

Wow, I am so impressed that you guys have gone this long without one. My husband just got one this year, but it came courtesy of his new job and being on the road so much. I am really glad he has one (and that the company foots the bill) because now I can reach him when emergencies arise.

I have had a cell phone for about four years now. My entire family is long distance and I talk to them daily (they only live about a half hour away, but it is long distance for us) so we all joined the same plan so I have unlimited mobile to mobile minutes to call them. It has saved us a lot of money to do it this way.

gail said...

i didn't get a cellphone until i had my son. somehow when its just you or you and hubby it'snot a big deal, but then when you have a child you absolutely do not want to be stranded on the side of the road! i think my hubby did move all his stuff in his celica when he was in college! those days are long gone. we are downsizing as i write, so we will be ready for the upcoming move. i've already sold a bookcase, filecabinet and maybe a desk! woo hoo!

Mary Ann said...

My husband has a cell phone. I can't imagine traveling without one now, even though I have done it many times! We don't have long distance on our home phone but have free long distance on the cell which is nice because all of our family is long distance.

I don't think I need a cell phone (and love not having one at all times!)unless we were going to cancel the home phone and do only the cell.

It's interesting how our dreams and plans change as life moves on!!

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

I went without a cell phone for a long, long time. I just didn't think it was neccessary. After having a car accident several years ago I received a cell phone as a Christmas gift. I can't imagine being out and about without it now. It makes me feel more secure.

I am sure that once you find your new home Eric will be wishing he was only moving a mid size car worth of things!

Ewokgirl said...

I've always had a cell phone, but it's strictly for MY convenience. That means that I rarely give out the number, and I almost never have it turned on. I don't want people bothering me when I'm out and about.

We have Virgin Mobile, which is another one of those pay-as-you-go plans. Steven didn't carry a cell at all, but he started taking mine with him to stormtrooper events so the guys could call him if they got lost or whatever. Problem with that is that they kept the number and started calling my cell whenever they wanted to talk to him. I made him get his own phone.

Steven's phone is also with Virgin Mobile. We bought him a cheap one. It's white plastic, which I told him is "stormtrooper white." His coworkers make fun of it because it's strictly utilitarian. One even said it looks like one he'd give his kid as a toy. Thankfully, my husband isn't affected by the ribbing and doesn't care what they think.

Our youth group thinks it's appalling that I rarely use my cell. Some of the girls got hold of my cell number last summer and started calling and leaving text messages. They think it's hilarioius that I don't know how to text. I told them I don't need to know how to text! This is truly evidence of a generation gap!

debra said...

I am not a big fan of the cell phone but I do feel safer when I am driving having the phone - especially with kids.

When my husband moved half way across the country to be with me everything he owned fit in his Honda civic (he did leave behind a well worn recliner, thankfully). :) That was about 12 years ago and now we probably couldn't go on a weekend trip in the civic. haha.

Linds said...

We have one Virgin Mobile cell phone, similar to a Tracfone. We love it and it has definitely come in handy, especially for times I'm lost or get locked out of the house :)

I don't see us ever getting a 'real' cell phone, but I guess who knows?! :)

Sarah B. B. said...

I definitely agree that it helps with long-distance calling. Where we live, too, phone booths are a thing of the past, so the "carry a quarter (now $.35) and you'll be okay" method just doesn't work anymore... Hopefully your husband will be able to overcome this squashed dream... :)

A, B & C said...

We've gotten one too, mainly for driving, but I rarely take it with me. In fact I was cleaning off our desk the other day and I found the phone plugged into the charger. It hadn't been used in so long it had dust on it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie:

I too, have a Tracfone, but I never use all the minutes, however they DO carry over to the next time you buy a card.

I could never get everything I owned into a mid-size car, but I hope Eric will be happy to know that I am downsizing & plan to get everything I'm taking into the samllest rental truck to move across the state!! Yay!!!

Have a great weekend.

Love you, Grandma

Jamie said...

That made me laugh..the part about the "fun of car trouble." :-) Here's to not having that kind of fun!!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

We held out for a long time, but finally got me one for safety reasons. My hubby's job pays for his, so that's nice! It is comforting to know you have it if you need it.

angela said...

All we have is a tracphone and we make out just fine.
We bought a year "subscription" or whatever you call it and are very pleased with our phone. We only use it when we need tom which isn't very often