To anyone who was disturbed,
today at approximately 12.30 Irish time,
If you were woken from your sleep,
I doubly apologize.
But that was the time I discovered,
my phone had fallen out of my bag.
“ohmygodmyphonesgone!” was what you heard screamed wherever you were.
I broke out in a sweat.
All my numbers…. gone!
No way of contacting anyone!
No one could contact me!
This was karma for writing posts about my daughters phone.
Despite the fact that my phone had been silent all morning,
I Immediately began to imagine,
the vast numbers of people who would need to urgently contact me.
Oh dear, what if lots of my swim teachers,
were not available to teach tonight?
My daughter was going to a friend’s house,
how would I make contact with her?
My friends would be texting,
when would they find out I was not ignoring them?
Some of those numbers I would never be able to replace.
Why had I never bothered getting a back up of my contacts?
Myself and my friend,
began to retrace our footsteps.
There were many of them,
as we had walked for over an hour!
I looked behind trees we never went near,
and walked parts of the walk we had not travelled,
such was my desperation!
When I returned to the car,
I turned it inside out,
even though I knew I had not left it there.
Eventually I had to face the facts,
it was gone.
I thanked my friend and headed home.
As I sat in my house,
I felt as if I was invisible to the world.
A few times I even thought of texting people,
to let them know I had lost my phone!
As the minutes went by I began to remember,
Life before mobile phones.
Was it really that bad?
Everything now has to be pre arranged.
It is not the done thing to just call by.
You are available 24/7.
In times gone by it was easier to take the house phone off the hook,
if you did not wish to be disturbed.
Would you really ever turn off your phone?
I know I don’t.
I put it on silent,
so I can still get texts and see who is ringing.
Not exactly the same as turning your phone off.
As I headed off to my reunion,
I took stock of my phone free time.
It was good to really experience phone free peace.
However I do love company,
When I once again held my phone,
The screen was blank.
Not one call or message.
No major emergency.
Nobody had wanted to talk to me after all.
But the point is,
they could have!