Friday, October 22, 2010

Remember when we used to answer the phone - even when we didn't know who it was?!??

Kitchen phone, but in white
I know, right?  I remember it well.  If we had had caller ID when I was in high school I never would have gotten my own phone (with my own number!!) in my bedroom if my mom could have looked at a display and been able to see it was for me. 

Remember running for the phone hoping it was for you, but even if it wasn't you still wanted to know who was calling?

Remember buying an extra long cord so you could pull the phone into a place of privacy and maybe even close a door?

Phone that was in my Mom's bedroom.
What about wanting to make a call and pacing because someone else was on the phone and not getting off any time soon?

Or finally getting to make your call and getting a busy single?  Or the very worst .. running to get the phone and just as you pick it up - they hang up?

THE phone in my bedroom.
No caller ID
No answering machine.
No voicemail.
The eternal mystery.

And I never even dreamed of having a phone to carry in my purse that worked without a cord that could take messages and show me who was calling and plenty more.  

Now - I don't answer my phone a lot and I generally don't run for it.  We are so connected these days I guess I'm just not in a hurry to find out who's calling anymore.


Anonymous said...

We were on a party line and I used to love listening in to other people. Not nice, but I was a kid. Now I can't imagine having to "share" a line. We have come a long way.

BetteJo said...

Oh party lines! I remember those. Kids today would be horrified, wouldn't they?

Anonymous said...

I remember callers would not hang up there end of the line right away so when you hung up and wanted to make a phone call you wouldn't get a dial tone until they disconnected. Girls!!!

Teena in Toronto said...

I can't imagine those days anymore! We have call display that comes up on our TV so we don't even have to get up to see if we want to answer the phone!

Lady Banana said...

We didn't have a phone in the house when I was a kid.. had to go up the road to a payphone...