Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Overheard

Today I thought I'd share with you a conversation I overheard between a father and his young daughter (probably six or seven years old) at the airport on my trip home over the weekend (I'd be more specific on the day, but quite honestly, my post-vacation stupor is currently preventing me from knowing what century I'm in. Sad, but true).

It's short and funny and cute. And makes me feel a little old. Maybe a lot old (probably depends upon which century I decide I'm in).

Anyway, I hope it makes you laugh.

Her: Daddy, what are those things on the wall over there?
Him: Those are payphones.
Her: What's a payphone?
Him: People put money in them to make phone calls.
Her: Why don't they just use their cell phones?
Him: Well, not everyone has a cell phone, and there was a time when no one had a cell phone.
Her: No one had a cell phone?
Him: Weird, I know.

Weird indeed. Happy Wednesday, everyone.



30 comments:

  1. That's cute but now I feel old. I'm sure I'll have similar conversations when my kids as they get older.

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  2. I'm surprised pay phones still exist.

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  3. Ah, the good old days when people on public transport didn't phone their friends to tell them they were on public transport...

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  4. I'm glad there are still a few pay phones around for those of us who still don't have cell phones.

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  5. Haha, that's too cute. And yes, makes me feel old.

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  6. It's the 25th century, don't you know?

    The first experience I had with a mobile phone was one someone had in their car. It still had a cord.

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  7. Ugh. Yeah. My son just saw a rotary phone for the first time. There are so many things he will never know about that were so normal for us.

    Heather

    (What century did you decide?)

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  8. Great conversation. I'm so happy I didn't invest in pay phones in the 90's when I had the chance. Seriously - I was really close.

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  9. Very funny indeed.

    PS I love notebooks too.

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  10. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I remember always making sure I had change on me when I went out in case I had to use the pay phone. Wait, do kids even use change anymore? Sigh.

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  11. Oh, I feel old now too. I didn't know they still had pay phones that worked. I thought the phone companies had shut them all down.

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  12. Yes, and when ever I see someone on a payphone especially with their mouth all over, I could just die! All the filth and germs!! Yuck. Never used, and never will need to! www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  13. Our kids used to say, 'but that was back in the old days wasn't it?' And the wheel keeps turning. We didn't know about cellphones until Star Trek. . .

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  15. It is funny to think about tech and what the kids have now versus what we had. My nephews haven't a clue about no microwaves and reheating in an oven. Nor can they imagine the Atari games I played.

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  16. lol! My son is 18 and we have a rule--if we're not going to make it home then be sure to let *homefront* know that.Few weeks ago, on a particularly bad stormy night, no phone call. Now, I knew he was probably fine, but the no phone call irked me to no end.

    Sorry, Mom. My cell phone died.

    Raised brow. Really? And no one else had a phone?

    Uh, I couldn't remember your new cell phone number to text you.

    Hmm, but you do know the house phone and Dad's cell and talking on the phone is perfectly legitimate--not a valid argument son. You were at the theater, you could have used a pay phone and called collect.

    A PAY phone? I don't even know where they are or how to use them.

    How old did you say you were? Simple concept son, put 35 cents in and dial your home number. Or, there is this little 0 at the bottom of the keypad which connects you to an operator who calls me. There are also written directions on the phone...See? Simple.

    Yah, I got the look of you are so weird mom.

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  17. And that's why the snarky phrase: "Here's a quarter; call someone who cares." makes absolutely no sense to a young child these days. :D

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  18. He should show her "WarGames," where he jigs the pay phone.

    But then she'd never believe the scenes with his computer. : p

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  19. I find myself explaining obsolete items to my kids all the time. I explained commercials to them the other day--that we had to watch them if we watched TV. They couldnt believe it. No Netflix or DVR. lol

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  20. I feel old now as well. But hey, at least we know what payphones are for. That has to count for something (smile).

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  21. I aw a real WORKING payphone in a beautiful wooden booth (with a full door and everything) at the registry of deeds the other day.

    I actually asked if it was real. :)

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  22. I remember a time with no cell phones, and I don't remember the last time I even saw a pay phone. Strange, weird, and a little sad.

    Stopping by from A-Z. Great to meet you.

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  23. I still have a landline. I do have a pay cell for emergencies, but I don't use it otherwise.

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  24. The other day, I was at a gas station and saw the remnants of what used to be their payphones. I laughed and thought about how times have changed.

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  25. There's a list that comes out every year listing all the things that the year's incoming college freshmen will not be familiar with. That list bothers me every time.

    This reminds me of a time when I was covering a theater class. They had an old rotary phone to use as a prop. The kids (middle schoolers) asked me how the thing was dialed. I enlightened them.

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  26. No cell phones. Those were dark times indeed. Soon the hypernet will be downloaded into all our brains and we won't have to worry about losing cells either.

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  27. It probably wont be long before kids don't know what "change" is either!

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  28. Oh my gosh we just had this same conversation! I told my I saved the first cell phone we had. It had it's own battery pack shoulder bag! I can't wait for the Grandkids to get old enough want a phone. LOL I can't wait to see their faces!!
    Connie
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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  29. Adorable! I loved this. It's sad to think todays kids don't know what pay phones are though.

    Have fun with a-z.

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