My Cell Phone is Dead!

What do you mean, my cell phone is dead?

My cell phone is dead!  As I was traveling yesterday, my cell phone dropped and hit the concrete ground.  Like so many other times, I reached down to dust it off and access the damage.  “NO!” I’m screaming in my mind, the screen is black, cracked and it won’t light up!  What am I going to do?  I was heading to the train station to go into Manhattan and for a much needed date with my husband.  Then I look back at my phone in disbelief and decide that I.Can.Do,This!  I will travel without a cell phone today.

My Cell Phone is Dead
My Cell Phone is Dead

I get up to the train station and to my surprise there’s a pay phone.  The pay phone costs 50 cents.  When is the last time that I carried change? Standing with the train leaving, I’m trying to scrounge and pray for 50 cents worth of change.  Found it!  Yes God!  I’m so happy, I try to call my husband, I’m glad that I remember his number.  When I get through, I try to explain my phone situation and arrange to meet him at the same time.  He’s trying to understand, thinking that the phone battery is dead.  I’m afraid of losing my call, panicking, I’m trying to arrange where to meet but we’re not speaking the same language at all.  Gotta go!  The train is about to leave!

I’ll Meet You

The train is freezing because I left my jacket in the car (I blame it on the phone, I lost focus completely).  I slept all of the way to my stop, got off the train and I walked to my destination only to remember that we didn’t communicate well and now there’s no sight of my husband.  In the reception area of where we’re due to meet I’m informed that the only person with my husband’s name is not married, after a series of phone calls.  Really???  I walk around for a bit trying to figure out what to do.  “My cell phone is dead”, I keep thinking.

I want to eat to deal with the feelings that I’m experiencing. Instead I find myself going back inside to leave a note in case someone sees my man walk in.  I ask again, and the gentleman behind the counter says, “I thought I heard you say that name earlier”.   He gets me the clearance required to enter this beautiful building where I’m meeting my love.

cell phone is dead
My Boo Thang and Me!

“Oh no”! He is attending a meeting prior to our date and its running over schedule.  As I sit and wait, I notice that time is escaping us and I have to return home.  I parked my car for 6 hours and the time is running away from us.  I ask my husband for his cell phone because I have to contact our daughter, something that’s been bothering me since the phone died.  Why is his cell phone at 4%???  I contact her and pray that she gets my message.  After 1/2 of an hour and 1% left on his battery she answers me saying, “ok”.  Teenagers!  I drag myself to bid farewell to my Boo Thang, (he’s so understanding) and I get ready to leave.

Somehow Making it Through the Day

I’m really greedy and since I have no phone I decide to drown my sorrow with some food, of course.  After getting something to eat, I commenced to take the walk back to the train.  I jump on the train which is now filled with people coming home from work.  A dear friend gets on the train and she helps me to keep my mind off of standing without a cell phone to read.  We chat for a while until her stop comes and I final see a seat for me.  I sit down and fall asleep.  Not only was my phone dead, but I did a lot of walking today (more than what I usually do), so sleep was in order. What else is there to do when your cell phone is dead?

I return to my car and now I’m deciding whether I should go home or go to my phone carrier’s shop.  On the drive, I’m thinking about how I’ve missed my nephew’s swearing in to the military.  Then I started thing about the notifications that I’ve missed.  I can’t check emails or know if I sold any jewelry. How many calls and messages that I’ve gotten from people and the fact that I have so many people to get back to?

New Phone

As I arrive at my destination and look for parking.  Great!  There are spots available!  I’m elated.  I jump out of the car and I realize that I have to pay for parking.  “No problem”, I think to myself.  I’ll pay on my app like I normally do.  “Oh no”!  I can’t pay with a dead phone. Now I have to look for change to feed the meter.  I don’t remember the last time I did that.  Thank God the meter took dollar bills.  I paid for too much time and went to the phone store.

In the phone store, I learn that there’s nothing that can be done for my old (2-year old) phone.  It’s time to upgrade.  For a nominal fee, I upgrade and get the accessories to avoid future injuries.  I really didn’t want to spend this money today.  Why today of all days?  Why me?  This won’t get me down.  While I’m waiting I begin to talk with the salesman as he rings me up.  I tell him how good God is, that without working for a job, here I am with a new phone and with everything that I need.  Within 40 minutes, we laugh about my cute new case and with my final signature, I’m out of the store and on my way to my car.

Our Date…Finally!

I decide to use my new phone. I knew it was time to call people and let them know that I am now reachable.  I’m walking in the street not looking because I don’t know how to use this phone.  I stop and stand still and I try everything until I finally figure out how to get off of the home screen.  I call my Mr. and he tells me he’s nearby, he left the meeting a few minutes after I did.  I’m listening and praying that this information doesn’t upset my day further.  I’m still full, but I ask, “did you eat”?  He lets me know that he hasn’t and he wants McDonald’s (which I hate).  The fat girl in me decides, I can use a shake.  “Ok, I’ll meet you there”.

We finally get our date and the service was horrible.  The food was horrible.  You could not have convinced me that my cell phone being dead would truly have an impact on my day like it did.  I was so ready to live without it.  No notifications all day and night.  I imagined being able to see the world and not look down at it.  It was the opposite.  Here I am a woman of a certain age needing my cell phone!  The new phone is amazing, I just need to learn how to use it.  We went home and laughed about the day.  After talking like 2 schoolkids, we talked with our family and discussed the day.  Everyone laughed and laughed.  It was time to turn in.  We slept like babies and woke up happy.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Coral Blue
New Cell Phone

My old cell phone is dead, which probably just means that it was time for my new phone.  Isn’t she pretty?

 

20 Comments

  1. beautybeyondphysique
    May 11, 2018

    Wow, this is quite a story. I don’t know what I would do without my phone. My contacts, pictures everything is on my phone and phones ain’t cheap in my country so that would suck. Great post

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    1. Still Sealed With Love
      May 11, 2018

      It’s funny, how I really wanted to go without it and I was unable to. It was nice to disconnect for a while. I enjoyed your post about being connected to social media. Sometimes we need to schedule a detach day.

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  2. Sheleen Johnson
    May 11, 2018

    It interesting reading this as I just wrote a blog myself about technology and how reliant we are on it. It literally is becoming an addiction for people. I have been trying more and more to rely less on tech and phones I have even gone back to using a paper diary instead of my phone because when these thing break or decide to stop working it send your life into chaos! I love the new phone btw… I have the S8+ and the new S9 is gorg

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  3. Amber
    May 11, 2018

    Your new phone is lovely! I always hate when my phones die though. It can be pricey to get a new one, and I’m cheap. So I hope my phone lasts a long time!

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  4. Sarah Bailey
    May 11, 2018

    I have to admit I think I am glued to my phone, not sure how I would cope if it completely stopped working.

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  5. Annalisa F
    May 11, 2018

    Love your writing… It seems like it’s not possible to turn back time and live like we did when the battery of our phones lasted for 4 days lol

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  6. April Stephens
    May 11, 2018

    My kids wouldn’t know what a pay phone was if they saw it! I love it!! 🙂

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  7. Glad that your day got better. It is amazing how much we need our phones.

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  8. I’m so impressed that you made it though a day without a phone. I don’t know if I could do it!

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  9. Lipi Gupta
    May 13, 2018

    We have become so dependant on our phones. Last month in a similar situation i killed my phone too and for next 7 days that i didn’t have one…i was miserable. I couldn’t even find a replacement. I still can’t imagine how people managed without one earlier

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  10. Minakshi Bajpai
    May 13, 2018

    I have to admit I think I am glued to my phone, not sure how I would cope if it completely stopped working.

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  11. cheerfultrails
    May 13, 2018

    That’s a nice phone! I was smiling wide when I read your husband’s cellphone was at 4% charged! This happens with my husband’s phone to when I need it. I am glad you day got better 🙂

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  12. The Mad Mommy
    May 13, 2018

    I think it’s funny that we don’t even realize how attached to our phones we are, until they break or we lose them! I remember numbers well, but my husband would be totally lost!

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  13. Carrie Liu
    May 13, 2018

    A dead cellphone is such a panic. I would definitely have a meltdown. Not even a person without my phone. Glad everything worked out for you!

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  14. lavandamichelle
    May 14, 2018

    I left my ohon ea plane once and Ithught I would never see it again. my phone has nearly everythingin it, hahaha. Igot a call from the airlines and they had found my phone. I didn’t pick up until2 days later,butit was cool to be unpllugged for awhile.besidesmy hubby was withme with his phone,lol.

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  15. Kiwi
    May 15, 2018

    Ive had so many phone problems over the years! I hate when my phone is dead for days until I can get a new one I feel cut off from the world!

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  16. Dana Brillante-Peller
    May 16, 2018

    Yay, you were able to get yourself a new phone despite all the setbacks

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  17. Andrea Harris
    May 18, 2018

    I hat being without a phone. But…I remember the days without one attached to my arm all day, every day. If given the chance, I would keep Maps (because I got lost all the time before), but I would throw my cell phone away and go back to pay phones and landlines. I am glad you got your phone back!

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    1. Still Sealed With Love
      May 18, 2018

      That’s funny. I feel the same way. My best days are when the volume is completely off.

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  18. Kristy
    May 19, 2018

    It’s so frustrating to lose something. I’m glad things worked out!

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