Vicki-Honest Mum

Have you forgotten it already? Shame on you. Too busy tweeting, face-booking and living your life online were you? ET phoned home back in the 80’s- was that the last time you did too?

I don’t know about you, but I need a phone in my life. Yes I struggled to remember my last call. It took a whole two minutes. It was in fact to my brother to say I bought two Krispy Kremes for him from Tesco. Fascinating stuff and a text message would had sufficed but I wanted to hear his reaction in REAL TIME. This is the kid who would drive 50 miles to get a Krispy Kreme before a factory was built nearby. 50 miles!

Some of my closest friends (most whom live in London), hundreds of miles away, are friends I always spoke to on the phone and it keeps us connected in a way FB fails to. You see the phone is intimate and unfiltered.

It’s for all the things we can’t say publicly online and makes up for the times I don’t see my girls. Yes you can send emails but does an email really replace hearing your mates’ laughter, frustration and crazy stories? I don’t think so.

I must clarify. When I say phone, I mean mobile phone. The landline seems to be resting in peace. That really is something I should re-embrace though to prevent hypocrisy. Far cheaper for a start and means I can actually take time out for that phone call, leaving filmmaking, child rearing, work emails aside and just listen. And talk. I love to talk.

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18 Responses

  1. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    I’m so glad you love the phone but honestly for me, I could live very happily with the ringer on mute! 🙂

    The last bit about the poor ol’ landline phone made me chuckle. Ours is just another something to dust! x
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    • honestmum

      Haha that made me laugh, we have actually unplugged our landline in the new house as it’s affecting our internet, do love a good chin wag x

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  2. Daddy Dazed

    Three cheers for the telephone. Working with young poeple ie people in their twenties i have noticed when they are researching for me how afraid they are of using the phone. They will e mail and surf but talking seems to scare them. Strange.

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    • honestmum

      @DaddyDazed that’s really interesting as speaking is an important tool for communication -on the phone and otherwise and not exercising that muscle enough will lead to fear of the phone.

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  3. EmmaK

    One problem: I really don’t like talking on the phone. My mum was very tight and would put a phone lock on the phone so I could only get incoming calls (no really) and would make me go to a phone box if I wanted to telephone outside London (no seriously). I hardly even answer the phone these days – which means I have a problem. But in any case I much prefer to meet people face to face for a chinwag.

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    • honestmum

      I remember my parents threatening a pay phone after I racked a mammoth bill! At least you learnt the value of money huh! I prefer meeting people face to face too but when there’s miles in the way and oceans or just too much traffic, the phone is the next best thing x

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  4. honestmum

    @ (Mostly) Yummy Mummy. I know, that phone rocks. I’m going on a hunt to find this Barbara Cartland pink style one. Apparently I need to head to New York. You coming?

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  5. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

    I must confess that I don’t use the phone half as much as I once did. I used to spend hours and hours and HOURS on the phone as a teenager. Maybe if I had a fabulous pink phone like that one, I might be more tempted 😉

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  6. Maria

    i like to use the phone infact i regularly use the phone. Because all of my family are nowhere near me and hubby’s family are in NZ. Sometimes you just need to hear the voice of a loved one to feel better. Great post xxx

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    • honestmum

      @Maria that’s so true. We have family in Cyprus and South Africa and nothing like talking on the phone. I know everyone raves about Skype but I always find the image gets blurry so frustates me more than just the good old phone. Thanks for you comment xx

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  7. Babes about Town

    It’s funny isn’t it, how new technologies liberate us and at the same time they enslave us and we forget about the simpler stuff before – like the landline. I remember the days when anyone with a mobile was by definition a twat. Now look at us!

    My mum is forever leaving us long voicemails on the landline we never use. And I think you’ve hit the nail on the head when you say it’s time to listen -so many of us are out there blogging, tweeting, texting etc and not really listening at all…

    Call me 😉

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    • honestmum

      @BabesaboutTown Girl you are hysterical and so wise. All about listening. Hope you pick up the phone today. BT is surely going to offer me a sponsored post soon right? x

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  8. Circus Queen

    I was thinking this just yesterday. I really miss phone calls. We moved to a new city a couple years ago and a lot of my closest friends live elsewhere. It’s not the easiest thing going to visit with baby oin tow. It really is time to pick up the phone.

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    • honestmum

      @Circusqueen I agree. I remember feeling isolated when I first had Oliver. I was far from family and most of my close friends didn’t have kids and worked in the day. The phone was my lifeline. I live close to my family now and the phone bills have gone down! Do pick up the phone. Vx

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  9. mother.wife.me

    Such a valid point! I barely speak to anyone on the phone these days, shamefully I always feel like I don’t have the time to fit conversations over the phone into my day – who do I think I am!!!

    Funnily enough, I have a pink telephone, similar to the one in the picture above, I found it on a street corner in New York!! It doesn’t work, but it gets way more action, curtesy of my toddler daughter, than my lonely old landline or the phone line on my mobile!

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    • honestmum

      @mother.wife.me Really? I would love a pink vintage phone like that. Right, only thing for it, is to head to NY. Why don’t you make a call today and see how it feels! hehe!

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