my eldest child is 12. she is about to enter the 7th grade. when she was but a young 4th grader we started hearing this foreign noise emanating from her mouth---iwannacellphonewaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
it was often uttered in such a high, tinny pitch i'm sure only the dogs could hear it. then she made sure we heard the whining. for years. but i NEED a cell phone. i NEED it. everyone in school has one except me.
really? you are in 4th grade. what do you need it for? no answer.
when she was in 5th grade and went on her first overnight school trip w/out me we caved and got her a cell phone. it is a basic cell, nothing fancy, no slide out keyboard. it is pay as you go. it is cost effective. i have the exact same phone.
for the last two years the iwannacellphonewhine has turned into a more frequent, pitiful whine i wannaslideoutkeyboardcellphone so i can text. ALL of my friends have slide out keyboard phones or even TOUCH phones. so and so got her first phone and it's a slide out keyboard. so and so's phone broke and her parents got her a touch screen. i'm the only one w/ a black, flip phone. really?
i realize that i'm often out of touch w/ what's going on in the world. i live in my own little bubble and am oblivious to most things. do most kids in middle school have high end cell phones? and, if they do...uh, how are people justifying the expense? i mean we pay about $60 every 2-3 months for my phone and her phone together (the hubs' phone is paid for through work). when school starts back up in a few weeks she'll only be able to text for about 20 mins of the school day (on the bus) and then in the afternoon.
the girl obsesses over phones. she researches plans online. she devours the literature she finds anywhere on any phone service. she fondles every one in every store we enter. and she really cannot see why we do not jump gleefully into a two year contract that would include a new monthly bill just so she can text quickly on a slide out keyboard. how could we be such horrible parents?
she is quite moody about the whole thing. she will go a few days or maybe, if we're lucky, a week or more without mention of a phone. then she'll see a new commercial or an ad in the mail and off we go. she will stew about it and pout and rob us of her delightful personality. the only benefit to this is that she tries to bribe us. saturday when i got up she was folding laundry. she swept and mopped the kitchen floor. she did dishes (she's NEVER done dishes). she admitted later it was all done to impress us so we'd get her a phone.
i fucking hate cell phones.
oh, and NOW to make things even MORE fun, the rising 4th grade boy has jumped on the damn cell phone band wagon.
overheard minutes ago:
girl---mom we need to get a guinea pig, they're so cute.
boy---what makes you think we'll get a guinea pig, we can't even have phones.