Mom was in the passenger seat of Dad’s pickup truck. She was playing with her brand new BlackBerry while Dad was driving.
“Great,” he said sarcastically. “Now you’re going to become one of those damn ‘BlackBerry Zombies’.”
To this day, Dad hates cell phones, and only has a little flip phone because I got him one and made him promise to always leave it on. That wasn’t the easiest rule to negotiate because the only thing he hates more than cell phones is actually answering calls on cell phones. Mom, on the other hand, not only liked them, but seemed to have a knack for them. I noticed her storing appointments and reminders on flip phones, which I thought nobody did. This is why I got her the BlackBerry.
“No I won’t,” she responded. “I’m just replying to some email.”
“You’ve been on that damn thing for half an hour.”
“Just a few more minutes.”
Dad stewed in the driver’s seat. If he could keep his cell phone in his pocket while out with his spouse, he didn’t see why she couldn’t. Whatever.
“Okay, okay, I’m done,” Mom said, after noticing my dad’s bitterness. She put the BlackBerry in her purse.
“Good. I hate all this new technology. I’d like to be able to enjoy just one damn day without it.”
Just then, his cell phone rang.
“Aw, SON OF A BITCH! Who the hell is calling now?!?” He started to undo his seatbelt.
“Honey, be careful,” said Mom.
Dad, who’s a little heavy in the midsection, really struggled to get to the phone in his front pocket while it continued to ring. “DAMMIT this is why I hate these things!”
“Maybe you should pull over.”
“I can get it!”
After a few more curse words, he finally pulled the phone out of his pocket and flipped it open.
It said “Norlina”.
Mom purse-dialed him.
After a second of silence, Mom erupted with laughter. It took a few more seconds, but Dad eventually joined her.