I got a couple of messages on my phone the other day from my niece Caitlin. By phone, I mean my smart phone, which is an iPhone, not an Android. Caitlin didn’t say nothin’, but I could tell it was her ‘cause of the caller ID. Well technically, it’s not really caller ID like we have on our home phone. See, Caitlin is in the contacts list on my cell (which syncs up to my laptop and iPad), so her name came up on the voicemail. (I know, this all must sound out there to those of you still goin’ old school, but bear with me here, OK?)
Thing is, Caitlin didn’t leave a message. It was just weird sounds. Every once in awhile, I thought I heard her talkin’, but I could make out other voices, too. Oh my God, I’m thinkin’, is Caitlin in some sort of trouble? Has she been kidnapped by drug runners or white slavers, and is tryin’ to let me know she’s needs help without tippin’ off the bad guys? Like on NCIS or something? Is my phone like a modern day Lassie, tellin’ me that Timmy’s fallen down the well? (Geez, I’m thinking, I watch way too much TV!)
I was goin’ to call Caitlin back, but then I realized she was probably at work down to the health food store. So, I texted her.
Got a couple of weird messages from you. Are
you OK? smiley face emoticon
Must have butt dialed you. little alien face with
hands up doing “The Scream” I’m hand making
OK symbol At work, kind of slow. sleepy face
Phew! Beautiful day out. sun, smiley face
with sunglasses Slow at A&P, too. sleepy face
Adam says hi photo of Adam waving
(Adam is Caitlin’s boyfriend. He works down to Mahoosuc Health Food, too.)
Hi, Adam. smiley face with heart eyes
Got a piece into that art show!!! smiley face, party hat, monkey
(I was confused about the monkey.)
So proud of you! three clapping hands
Selfie of Caitlin giving two thumbs up
You need to celebrate. chocolate bar, cocktail,
piece of cake, ice cream cone
Didn’t mean to send the monkey! cat doing “The Scream”
No emoticon for tofu. sad face
(Caitlin is a vegetarian.)
Very funny! smiling devil
Monkey was confusing, but cute. banana,
Kooky Carol just walked in. crazy face Got to go. sad face
Love you! heart
And that’s life in the fast lane, folks. A nice little moment of connection all because my niece butt dialed me. If I’d called, she wouldn’t have been able to talk, but this textin’ thing is stealthier, and sometimes more fun once you wrap her head around it. And I love those little emoticons: right up my alley!
It’s pretty amazin’, if you really stop and think about it. I’m holdin’ this tiny computer in my hand. We’re talkin’ and sendin’ pictures, stayin’ connected and makin’ each other laugh. Reminds me of the “The Jetsons.” Remember that cartoon? Technology gets a bad rap sometimes, but if you open yourself up to it, it can really expand your possibilities. ‘Course it helps to have some younger folks in your life who can be your on-call IT specialists. ‘Cause honey, without ‘em…. alien doing “The Scream” !!!
That’s it for now. Catch you on the flip side!
Coming Up This Summer
August 13 & 14: The View From He’ah On Stage, ACT ONE Summer Festival, Thursday at 2:00pm and Friday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm, Portsmouth, NH
August 15: Finding Your Inner Moose Book Reading, Newport Cultural Center, 11:00am, Newport, ME