I was allowed pretty early to use the phone whenever I wanted, but it was in 6th grade and I must have spent 5 hours every night on the phone to anyone who would talk. Three way calling was a brand new feature, and my friends and I would spend our evenings seeing just how many people we could dial in on our conversations. I also had a friend, Cortnie, that I would study hours on end with in school, yes REALLY study.. we'd make up sayings and memory joggers just to pass tests. She and I were phone talkers at all hours, about anything and everything.
In college, it was far easier just to knock on the door of the person you wanted to talk to. In fact, our dorm rooms didn't even have phone capabilities in them. Each floor had a public phone. At any given moment you could hear it ring ring ringing.. and you never wanted to answer it cuz that meant you had to track down the intended recipient of the call. I can still hear " Karmen with a "K", Maaaaannndy., or any know where Michelle is??"
A few years after the Lead Singer and I got married we lived in Kansas, and it was there that we first had caller ID. Being in the ministry, knowing which student was calling was a huge benefit, especially at meal times or days off.
Fast forward a bunch of years, and it's today. My middle world changer loves loves loves to talk on the phone now. She's the one who will call just to hear my voice, or process something out loud. The phone to her is still a blessing.
I guess thats all I think about when I talked to you for one hour and 4 minutes today... what a blessing a phone is when I can't be face to face.
and that makes me think about facebook.......