Posted by Kirsten Patel, Elementary Mommie-on-the-Run | Posted in The Elementary Mommy-on-the-Run | Posted on 30-09-2010
The other day was my turn to drive carpool to soccer practice after school. It’s always a little chaotic gathering the three girls I am responsible for, plus my other two kids, making sure they all have their cleats, shin guards, and water bottles amidst the usual disarray of elementary school pick up. I got them all to my minivan and received a text from on the girl’s mothers. “Do you have Susie?” it said. I usually check in with all the moms before I leave, but must have left the playground before saying goodbye. I quickly texted back that yes I had Susie and we were on our way to soccer.
It made me stop and think how simple that exchange was and what did we ever do before everyone walked around with a cell phone and could instantly communicate. What would that other mom have done if we didn’t have cell phones?? Would she have just trusted that I had her daughter? Would she have driven by the soccer field to make sure she was there? Called and left a message at my house and asked me to call her asap when I returned from dropping off the girls? A simple text exchange saved so much time and worry. How did our mothers survive without all the means of communication we have today?
My very first job out of college was in an office of about 40 people. There were two computers in the whole office, one on the receptionist’s desk that she used for work processing and the other in the accountant’s office. I remember the excitement when finally everyone in the office got a computer, then came the ability to send email internally. My office mate and I would send each other emails about where we wanted to go for lunch when we easily could have just turned our chairs around and spoke to each other just because it was so fun. Then came the one computer in the office that had access to the World Wide Web, then soon enough everyone’s computer had access to the www. When I left the workforce eight years ago to raise my kids everyone had a cell phone, multiple email addresses, and instead of looking something up at the library we just Googled it instead.
Even though I no longer work outside the home in a fancy office, technology is such an integral part of my day. My husband and I communicate via text or email, instead of a scrapbook I have a blog chronicling my children’s early years, and play dates are all arranged via email. I remember my mom’s binder that she kept right next to the kitchen phone (the phone with the ten foot long cord because only rich people had cordless phones). That binder had class lists for my sister and I along with phone tree information for every club, team or committee that our family was involved with. When’s the last time you used the term phone tree? If I asked my kids what a phone tree was they would probably answer those cell phone towers that are made to look like real trees.
I just stop and marvel sometimes how much information exchange is done with computers and cell phones. It makes me wonder what marvelous things will come about that will have my children saying, “How did you survive without this mom?!”