What would you do without your cell phone?
I lost my phone yesterday. In the Pacific Ocean. I’m usually very careful with it and I even knew putting it in a loose pocket while at the beach wasn’t a smart idea.
Later when I stepped into the ocean to retrieve a Frisbee for the dog, I didn’t realize there was a bit of a drop-off. I fell forward and grabbed the Frisbee triumphantly, not knowing that my phone had slipped out at that moment.
Back on the beach, it only took a few minutes to grasp my phone was gone. That thing has been attached to me most of my waking hours for the past few years. I felt an immediate loss that’s hard to explain. Not only was the phone gone, but my driver’s license, two debit cards and a twenty-dollar bill I kept stashed as “emergency cash”.
My husband went back into the ocean to look for it, as well as my son. The tide was out and the water was murky and swirling about. There was no way we were going to be able to find it.
I was more worried about my driver’s license than anything. I’m traveling in a few weeks and was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to replace it in time. A feeling of panic set in as I stood at the water’s edge determined to find that phone.
We all thought the waves had most likely taken it out, but then I thought of what a brick it is in my pocket. I walked over to the exact place I was sure I’d dropped it, reached down past my elbow through that murky water and pulled up my phone out of the mud.
What are the odds?
The good news is, I have my driver’s license and debit cards, and even a soggy $20. The bad news is, my phone is dead. And the weird thing is, I keep reaching for it, even though I know it’s dead.
This morning I’ll be heading out to get a replacement, so I’m not too concerned about it. But I do find it interesting the feeling of loss I have from not being able to instantly connect with anyone I want.
I can’t call my daughter-in-law and chat. I can’t text my son to see how he’s doing now that he’s at the end of his training. And how do I post on Instagram? Okay, maybe that one isn’t all that important, but you get what I’m saying, right?
If you had to put your phone away for even just a day, how would you feel? Lost? Relieved? What’s your attachment to this modern necessity?