Growing up, we had a touch tone phone in the house. I had friends who had the rotary phone, and I always wished we had one. How funny that kids barely know what a cordless phone is let alone a rotary phone. Cute video.
I loved the kid who thought the busy signal was a button you pushed if you were too busy to take a phone call. Also, one of my Grandmothers was the quickest phone caller in the world due to those long distance charges. She always got to the point and almost before we answered her she was saying her goodbyes and hanging up the phone.
The payphone is kind of a dinosaur anymore too. Back in the day, there was a payphone at the barn where I rode. Before I was old enough to drive myself, my parents would pick me up when I was finished. Since that time varied on a day-to-day basis they wanted me to call them when I was ready. I never had the change so would call them collect. They’d deny the charges, but know to come and get me.
These kids were shocked about the “old” phones and how we managed to get by without carrying one around with us 24-7. I often think about that when I hear some story about the immediacy of a cell phone and how it has changed our lives (some for the better, some for the worse) in many ways. A high school teacher was telling me how over the last couple of years parents have become brazen enough to start calling their kids WHILE THEY’RE IN CLASS. I’ve even been questioned about “Where were you? Why didn’t you answer the phone?” on more than one occasion. The girl in the middle of the video had point – we did survive without being able to get a hold of someone who was on the phone or not home at that time. I don’t know if our kids will ever know what that’s like.