Sometimes I feel like I get more and more dumb. Where did the brain cells go that used to remember things? If I lost my cell phone, I would really be lost. My calendar is in there, and I would never remember appointments, birthday parties, or deadlines if I didn't have that alert to remind me. And don't even ask about phone numbers. If my phone went missing, so would all of my numbers. The only phone number I have in my head anymore is my husband's, and it took me almost a year of marriage to learn it. Really.
I believe that the blame for this stupidity lies on the shoulders of the cell phone. I did not have one of these devices until I went to college, so all through my early driving years, my parents sent me out into the dangerous world alone...(and no, they weren't bad parents). I think the lack of a cell phone was better for my brain development. I had to keep a real calendar and actually memorize phone numbers.
Those synapses must have made permanent contact because I still remember the phone numbers of my childhood BFFs, but, no, I'm not going to prove it; this is the internet, after all. I'm sure there were more numbers that I knew at the time, but these three are still stuck in my head amongst the memories of slumber parties and Dirty Dancing, lip-syncing videos and giggles. Our fun was so innocent. Did not having cell phones allow us to stay younger longer? There were no text messages to analyze and circulate and recirculate. Maybe we were more isolated, or perhaps insulated in our own bubble of silliness and innocence. Those memorized phone numbers meant that I had someone to call anywhere, anytime. How lucky we were.
I try to imagine life without a cell phone today, and I honestly can't. There is not room in my head for any phone numbers these days; I'm afraid that I would have to push something else out to make space, and what if that something was important, like Cara's birthday? What if it was the PIN number for my debit card? We have a phone upgrade waiting on us, and I am really debating a smart phone. Would that make me even dumber?