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The Telephone

Updated on April 8, 2010

I was just watching 'The Big Chill '. One of the characters was on the phone and the cord was stretched way out. It reminded me of when I was a girl and we had a phone on the wall in the hall. My dad was strict with us about the phone. At night I used to take the phone down the hall and around the corner into the kitchen and sit on the floor and talk late at night after my Dad went to bed. Well, hello, I did not think about him noticing how long the cord was stretched that just gave me away. Yes, I was punished, No Phone, and he put a lock on the dial so I could not sneak to use it.

Phones have came a very long way since that rotary dial, heavy receiver, stationary phone. When finally someone wised up and designed the push button phone. It was so nice not to wait for that rotary to finish spinning. And, oh my, when the cordless phones came out it was a whole new revolution. You could take it to the bathroom, on the porch or even hide in the closet with it. Now that was using the phone in privacy.

Then we had call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, star 67, three way calls, blocked calls, the list goes on and on. It is amazing all the features that have came about since I was girl. We could even call our own phone number and if there two phones in the house the other would ring, you can't do that now. Funny, huh?

And I am sure you remember those prank calls, ' Is your refrigerator running?', well yes, 'well you better catch it' or ' do you have Prince Albert in a can?',' well you better let him out.' Lol!!!

Then came beepers, I know you remember those. They would go off when someone was trying to reach you and then you would rush to a phone to call to see 'what was up'. Those really didn't last very long. Although I am sure there are still a few around, somewhere, lol!

After that cell phones came out. They were huge back then, but it did not take long before their sizes reduced and the functions increased. There are so many kinds of cell phones these days it is unbelievable. And they can do so much it is hard to keep up with. You can take and send pictures and videos. Get on the internet. Watch a movie, watch tv. Text messages, play games, listen to music, talk to someone and see their face. It is mind blowing all the amazing things some of the more expensive phones can do.

Yes, I bet Alexander Graham Bell would be like a kid in a candy store if he could see what they have done with the speaking device that he invented. Maybe one day the phone will ring and we will answer it and the caller will come up on the tv. Wild huh? I am sure it is very possible.


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    • singlmomat52 profile image

      singlmomat52 8 years ago

      I totally agree!!!

      Thanks for reading my Hub!!

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for your comment too, Sheila!!

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 8 years ago

      I think you're right. Do you remember when they talked about being able to see the person you're talking to? It seemed impossible. I can't keep up with the technology, don't have any use for most of it, but I love it!