What if a modern day mom had to write an essay on her mobile phone? May be it would run along these lines-
My mobile phone is the most important device for me. It helps me in not only staying connected but it has a multitude of other uses.
The number one among all uses is as pacifier to my kids. Whether at home or in the car or in the shop, the moment I hand the phone to them, they promptly stop crying. It is the most effective remedy, second only to the milk bottle and especially when the milk bottle fails in the job. The various ring tones when played one after the other elicit great response from the kids. They have some favorites like robonix. It also helps if I give blank calls to Daddy’s phone and the hello tune “all that she wants” plays. They love to hunt for Daddy’s phone when it starts ringing when I call from my phone.
It also serves as an object for playing. The kids love to press random buttons and hate it when the keypad is locked and the backlight does not switch on, especially when it’s time to sleep and all the room lights are off. They also love to put it in their mouth and even bite it, now that they have the teeth to do so. My new black phone has teeth marks on it and Daddy’s flip phone has scratch marks from constant dragging.
They prefer the flip phone as compared to my ordinary phone. But my phone scores above their toy phone. By the way, they also like to take photographs from the mobile. They practice acting using my cell phone- they like to hold it against their ears and walk around muttering something. If we say hello, they like to hold it against their ears.
My phone has got some 15 extra contacts stored like- P, *, 7, *70, 68966, with corresponding numbers like 7070#0*070 etc. My kids also socialize using the phone- they have sent a number of sms to the airtel help line number and made calls to the last dialed numbers.
Apart from the above, my phone helps me in home management. If I am in the bathroom and the door bell rings or the cooker whistles, I can call my sleeping hubby or brother or sister whenever they are there, on the phone and ask them to move their back side.
When my babies were born and one of them used to sleep with their grandma, she used to use her mobile to call me on my mobile and wake me up for the night feeds.
All in all, I have made complete and productive use of my phone.