A Tale of Two Phones


If you are a Baby Boomer, you will probably be able to relate to this post.  If not, maybe it will leave you just a little bit curious…

I miss rotary phones

the kind where you put your finger in the hole of the dial

rotating it clockwise until it stopped

then releasing it to get a satisfying

click, click, click as it unwound

taking up to several seconds per number


The telephone rang

when someone wanted to talk to you

As kids, we would all run to its ring

eager to be the one to pick up the receiver

with a breathless “Hello?”

(Double excitement for long distance)


Now people don’t want to talk so much on the phone

They prefer to text and share- everything

iphone-2464968_1920My phone now is a small rectangle that glows with a touch screen

It is called “smart” maybe for its ability

to distract and beg for your attention

 worse than my Golden Retriever


My rotary phone just sat there and left me alone

(unless someone wanted to talk to me)

So I gave my smartphone a lobotomy

tired of the intrusion into my life

Bye bye Facebook, bye Instagram, bye this, bye that….


Now it’s pretty much a phone- kinda smart

but not too smart

I still miss rotary phones

and their satisfying click, click, click

But they are gone now

like the many other dinosaurs of my life

lost in time

But not from my memory

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5 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Phones

  1. I totally relate to this! I love and miss the brrrr..of the wheel as you were dialling the number! Long distance calls used to be such a big deal. Phoning people on Christmas was always exciting; the phone would be passed from person to person, so everyone got a chance to speak!

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