I haven’t had a cell phone since my husband lost his job. See, when he lost his job, he also lost his cell phone, which came with the job. So I gave him mine, since I wasn’t the one looking for work. Poor guy, mine was purple.
All our cell phones are on my mother’s plan, and only the kids who pay their own bills are allowed cell phones. There were not any extra phones available on the plan, so I did without, which is fine.
This month two of the girls left my mother’s phone plan- they went with something that is even cheaper, especially for Jenny because she almost never texts. Pip kept her actual phone, just changed plans and numbers. Jenny chose a new phone.
This means I inherited both her old phone (a cute, tricksy little blue thing), and also her old number.
This also means that at about 7 a.m. this night owl who sleeps in until about 9 was awakened by the cell phone, because one of her friends who is off at college didn’t get the memo. She sent a text message to about ten of her pals, including Jenny, which means, me.
I looked blearily at the message, and then went back to sleep. I woke up two more times in the next five minutes as her friends (who all live in a later time zone) sent replies, and more replies. To all. Including me.
Still trying desperately NOT to wake up, I sent my own reply- ‘this is Jenny’s old number. She has a new phone. This is her mom. I sleep late, and we’re in an earlier time zone. Zzzzz. Cup of coffee pic.’
I put the phone down and tried to finish going back to sleep.
Naturally, being well brought up young people, they let me sleep. Er, no. Being well brought up young people, the phone began beeping like a newborn baby, like the dog next door, even, as the apologies began trickling in.
beeep beep beeep beep beeep…. “Sorry, Jenny’s Mama! Go back to sleep and have a good rest!”beeep beep beeep beep beeep “oops” beeep beep beeep beep beeep ”lol!”beeep beep beeep beep beeep “Sorry!”beeep beep beeep beep beeep ”apologies, but hope you get some rest.” beeep beep beeep beep beeep “Who’s Jenny?” Beeep beep beeep beep beeep
I was by then awake enough to think to turn off the cell phone, but it was too late. I was also awake enough not to go back to sleep.