so long, cell phones

We’re finally eliminating our cell phones.

It’s been on the to-do list for a while. There is enough information out there about the neurological damage caused to fetuses, infants, children, and adults that it should have been a no-brainer for us to make the move sooner. But let’s face it, cell phones are super convenient, and it has taken us a bit of time to be willing to do without them. Every time I read another convincing article and am absolutely persuaded that the benefits outweigh the risks, though, I find myself in a predicament in which my cell phone is tremendously handy.

I’ve been waiting to try to find a good deal on a couple of pay-as-you-go phones so that Keith and I could contact each other in case of an emergency, but I think it’s time that we just bite the bullet and eliminate one of our last flexible expenses from our budget. We’ve been avoiding using them for a year or more anyway, but we still carry them around with us and leave messages for each other throughout the day. I will miss that, but our health is worth it.

And I suppose so is saving $70 each month.

But I wonder how it will go, this not-having-cell-phones thing.

I think the hardest part of getting rid of them is that it will eliminate one of our last ties to the business world. We initially got a cell phone less than three years ago so that we could have a house phone while we didn’t have a house. Then we upgraded to two phones and 2000 minutes a month (and still sometimes went over!) while we were in the thick of the business professional mode. We’ve now downgraded to 700 minutes a month but have added a house phone.

Eliminating our cell phones doesn’t just mean eliminating a convenience. It means no longer having a business line, aka accepting the fact that we really no longer have a business. At least not in the professional “Hello, you’ve reached Keith and Jamie, Branch Managers with United First Financial” message on my voicemail kind of way. It means I will have to toss in the recycling bin all of those lovely brochures with our phone number blazed on the back. It means my business cards are no longer accurate. And so I guess somehow it means letting go of the dream/plan/goal of being successful business professionals. We’ve already let that go in so many other ways; why am I so reluctant to let go of the cell phones?

They’ve been shown to cause brain cancer and neurological disfunction, after all.

But it’s pride, really. My cell phone is my tie to the days of pinstriped dress pants, high heels, and assisting to run a multi-million-dollar company. I was the manager of the department that kept the company going, and I kept the department going. I still have the personal cell phone numbers of the UFirst principals on my phone, and probably some old texts from them. But I resigned, and we moved on, and we know now that if we “do” UFirst, it won’t be as seemingly successful professionals. It will be as Keith and Jamie, Bible college grads who live in a trailer and garden in tires and love the Lord and happen to know a thing or two about finances. This is really us, this is really what we can afford, and the Money Merge Account really works if you let it. And so it’s time to get rid of our cell phones, along with the $70-per-month charge, the neurological hazards, and the pride.

Maybe I should get rid of those high heels while I’m at it.

Published in: on May 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

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