Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Can you hear me now?

My family is totally a product of the cellular age.

Truth be told, we use cell phones as our primary means of communication -- from one part of the house to another.

Just last night, in fact, Wonderhubby called my phone to tell me that dinner was ready (I'm suffering from post-vacation creeping crud, and, yes, he is the best).

Let me explain again: He was downstairs. I was upstairs. He called me on the phone to tell me I should come down to eat.

And I didn't find this odd at all.

I frequently text the Roo-girl down the hall.

Or instant message, if she's logged onto the computer.

Of course I am the quintessential IM'er and texter with my flown-from-the-nest boys. You've seen those long, involved conversations before.

I love technology. It's so ... so ... technical. And gadgety. And useful.

And mushy.

Mushy? Yes, technology can be totally heart-warming:

*riiiiiiiiiiiiiiing riiiiiiiiiiing*

Evil Mother: Hello?

The Roo-girl: Will you come tuck me in?

Evil Mother: Of course!

The Roo-girl: YAY!!!!

And so it was that I sat on my baby girl's bed last night, rubbing her back, while she smiled sleepily at me and told me about her plans for the following day. I smiled back at her, hugged her tight, and we whispered "I love you" to each other.

Summoned by cell phone ... held together by love.

30 comments:

karisma said...

Haha! Well, I must admit we have been guilty of ringing each other at home! I drew the line however, we still ring each other when out and about but at home I insist people get off their butts!

So when you want TC, instead of walking upstairs you grab the broom from the laundry and tap on the roof under her room!!!!!

OMG I think I will end up with holes in the roof! Really! Why are people so lazy these days????

Another one, Cameragirl (20) likes to ring mama in the middle of the night if she is out and about to say " I Love You Mama! G'night!" Can't complain about that one!

wright said...

That's funny! I love my cell phone, but I never can seem to find it. Buried at the bottom of a diaper bag, stuffed into a pocket, "stored away" by my little girl.

Karen said...

And our family would be your polar opposite. We do have a cordless phone though, and have given up the spiral corded things.

nikki said...

Kevin texted me the other day to bring him another roll of toilet paper.

Janet said...

That's a hoot (and very sweet about Roo-Girl). Our house is pretty open, so you can pretty much hear everything anybody says from every room. I foresee this being a problem when the kids get older.

Secret Agent Mama said...

Whatever keeps us together, is my sentiment!!

Karly said...

Cleatus makes fun of me when I call him while we're in the same place. Whatever! So much easier!

Kaytabug said...

When are you going to stop being the Sap Queen? I feel like every time I come over hear I tear up!

But seriously, that is so freakin' sweet and adorable!!!

Suzanne said...

My husband calls me to make me laugh. He plays his village idiot act when he does it, though.

Somehow, I see this as being my future, because the 9yo is nagging me for a phone of his own.

I think it's adorable that Roo girl still wants you to tuck her in!

Joanna said...

Aww - that's just the sweetest thing.

Janet said...

awwww, that is so sweet! I spent some of last night convincing my father that NO, he didn't need to leave the house at 1 am to go get baptized.

http://somewhereinthesuburbs.wordpress.com said...

This seems about right to me. I've done some of my best parenting recently via Facebook messaging. :)

Burfica said...

when my hubby is working outside, I call him on the cell phone. And my son will lock himself in his bedroom to listen to music or t.v. or something and our phone's have an intercom system, so I will call the phone in his room. Yeah I'm just as guilty.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

When I'm sick, Puppy throws a cell and tells me to call when it's THAT BAD. I totally understand your family. I hope you feel better, hon.

Burgh Baby said...

We just yell at our house, which may be why when I get summoned to tuck a certain girl in, it's not quite that sweet. Gotta' love that Roo still has a bit of little girl left in her!

Rachie said...

That only happens in the mornings when I'm still (trying to be...) asleep and the dogs are barking outside. I text the hubby "Dogs Please" with my eyes half opened. Within seconds I hear the back door open and the high pitched clicking of their toenails on the kitchen tiled floor. Other than that our house is too small and that would be construed as lazy.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Aw...love mushy technology!

Momo Fali said...

And yet, I can't even get my Mom to buy a computer.

Sarah said...

aww, you guys are just so cute!

Eternal Sunshine said...

That is too sweet! I wouldn't mind a phone call for that reason.

When Budman and I had Push-to-talk, We would use those things all the time around the house. Sometimes in the same room, but that was mostly being silly.

Rachel said...

That's too cute.

Catwoman said...

OK, as far as 14-year old girls go, you've got a really, really good one. No way I would have done that to my mom at 14.

Debbie said...

Now that is a good use of technology.

OHmommy said...

That is great. I can picture it all in my head. ;)

raino said...

great post but what really resonated with me (and totally off topic here) was 'will you come tuck me in?'. sometimes at night when i am so tired and the kids call me upstairs to tuck them in i have been known to say no, not right now, i am so tired. but y'know what, those are the moments to cherish.

maybe i'm feeling lonely for my kids.

LaskiGal said...

Nothing takes the place of a good old fashioned tuck-in.

Around here . . . we never even know where are phones are. J grabs and takes off with 'em. Hides 'em and the we are left calling the phone and then running around the house asking,"Did you hear it?" "No, did you?" "If I did would I be asking you?"

Fight ensues :)

Sometimes I miss corded phones. 'Cause then I could strangle him . . . the hubs. Not J, of course.

Rachael said...

That is so sweet. I love it! I totally have called my husband from the other room. We are definitely a cell phone family too.

MaryP said...

Oh, what a relief! I thought I was the only poor, pathetic parent who phoned the child in her room! Usually I'm outside with the dog or a couple of toddlers, and going inside would be more than usually inconvenient, but still... can't deny I'm being lazy!

Can't deny the CONVENIENCE!

And if I ever got that phone call? It would make all those stupid cell phone bills totally, totally worth-while!

Trannyhead said...

That's hawt.

(Note to self: invest in unlimited minutes/text message plan when my kid is old enough to use a cell phone without trying to eat it.)

Asianmommy said...

That's cute. We just started using our telephone intercom system at home when I'm in the kitchen & DH is in the study. Much better than screaming down the hall. When he's at work, I email him.

 
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