Monday, December 10, 2007

Hey, what's that sound?

I forget sometimes that I'm raising two girls who will have the impression that there was always the Internet, and that people wear their phones, and a handful of other details that I remember a time when they didn't exist.

The girls had been watching Noggin, which switches over to The N after 6 PM. It runs similar programming to TVLand. I believe the show that was on was The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which I admit I didn't watch. Within the context of the show playing in the next room, a phone rang. Except it was one of those phones that had a bell in it, so it actually rang.

Lauren stopped spooning soup to her mouth, and listened. "Is it a fire alarm?"

"No," I replied. "It's a phone ringing on the TV."

"That's not a phone."

"Actually, it is. Before phones played digital ring tones, they had bells in them and rang."

"You're kidding me."

Imagine if I told her they didn't have buttons.


The Plaid Sheep said...

Oh the sweet halcyon days before cell phones.

karen said...

I have a 1960's black desk phone. We used it in our house in Plainfield and I'd use it here but I haven't figured out how to inject the needed voltage - our VOIP line doesn't supply enough juice. Let me know if you'd like me to bring it over sometime...might be fun to secretly video your girls trying to use it without prior instruction.