Saturday, September 19, 2009

Death of a Crackberry Addict

Being a mother means making sacrafices. Social life, wardrobe, and yes, even technology. Today I reluctantly walked into the Verizon Wireless store with tears in my eyes and made the decision to turn off my Blackberry. I know, I know - teary eyed? You're thinking "you cried over a Blackberry?" Yes, I did. There's a reason they call it a Crackberry you  know. It's a strong addiction that we have to face.

One day after a unusually busy morning, I realized I forgot my phone at home. Oh no! I didnt' have time to turn around and get it. I'd certainly be late to work if I did. The entire day, I kept glancing down to see the empty spot on my desk mocking me with "you really want to see if you have a Blackberry Messenger message right now, don't you?" or "you have 5 new emails, you wish you could see them on your phone right now, huh?" Yes, I really, really would. But I would have to rely on the age-old technology of the PC and internet connection.

How will I get through life without having Twitter at my finger tips? Will I become disconnected from Facebook like I was before I got my Blackberry? I do have the internet at home so I will need to re-teach myself to actually go sit at the computer for a while. I hate that. After working at a computer all day, there's nothing more boring than sitting at a computer again.

I have other priorities in my life right now that need my 45 Blackberry data-plan dollars. My son is growing and eating me out of house and home. My best friend is getting married and I have the honor of being in her wedding. And to top it off, I have to begin paying back the obscene amounts of student loans I have lingering in my not-so-distant future. *sigh*

In retrospect it's all worth it. I have my priorities and my Blackberry just doesn't fit in. I'll miss you dear friend. You've provided me entertainment with your Brick Breaker game, fun with the Facebook app, and of course a combination of both fun and entertainment with Twitter Berry. Rest in peace in my desk drawer until we meet again.

5 comments:

Clueless_Mama said...

Oh my goodness! I wish you the best of luck with that. I think I should be doing the same thing. We all talked a lot more before cell phones came along. Now I feel like I text my hubby at the dinner table. "pass the salt please" send...

I Wonder Wye said...

I'm just an 'ancient' (51, no crackberry, only have a cell phone in the car for calling when necessary), and we don't have kids - just four-footed ones at our wild mustang sanctuary, so I can't relate much with the addiction of the technology -- but it was fun to read about an entirely different slice of life than the one I lead. I became a first time grandmom (I'm calling myself Namy -- this is my husband's daughter's child) and I suspect I will be sleuthing these blogs to get current on what Brooks is going through and what I can do to help. Any hoo -- Happy SITS sharefest, and I enjoyed your blog. I am brand new to this, although I have been a writer/editor since 1985. So much to learn about blogging and the internet. Best to you.

Mommy Cracked said...

Good for you for having good priorities! I know that was tough, though!

Julie@Momspective said...

I've never had the blackberry, the thought of it terrifies me considering how lost I am without my regular cell. Oh, how I miss it. I'm stalking Verizon and they're getting pissed.

Carley Knobloch said...

Whoa, you did a brave and noble thing. I just wrote a post in my weekly email about Batching Tasks, in which I suggested that moms lay off the Blackberry and only check their email twice a day to save time. http://www.mothercraftcoaching.com/2009/09/save-time-by-batching-tasks/ Boy, was there an uproar! People are very, VERY attached (addicted?) to their PDAs, and it's nice to see that if you take time to evaluate their priorities, that it falls a little lower on the list.

(This message sent from my iPhone... just kidding!)

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