I have taken the most amazing picture of my kids with my camera phone and I instantly know I need to share it with some special people. I set it up to send it as picture mail: My husband, my dad, my mother-in-law, my sister and so on and so on. But as I run through my address book on my phone, I come to my mother’s number and pause.
My mom doesn’t do picture mail. Let me back up and elaborate further. My mom doesn’t do ANYTHING modern day people do. She doesn’t own a computer and wouldn’t know what to do with one if she did. She doesn’t have email. She doesn’t do FaceBook, MySpace or Twitter. Hard to believe in this day and time, isn’t it?
Her cell phone is basic and she doesn’t have a data plan. My sister and I have tried relentlessly to get her to text, but Mom is dead set against it. She says that she prefers talking via live conversation. Can you believe that? Sometimes you only have to tell someone one little thing. You don’t want to have to call, wait for them to answer, and end up getting more involved in a conversation you never planned, do you? Especially if the person is annoying. (Just kidding) Or worse, get their voice mail, have to leave a message and then have to wait for them to return your call. Then it becomes a game of phone tag when they try you back, you don’t answer, and they leave a message. No thanks!
My mom doesn’t do picture mail because her cell phone plan doesn’t include it and there is a good chance she wouldn’t know how to “do” it anyway. My mom doesn’t even know how to program phone numbers into her phone. She usually waits on one of us to come by and do it for her. Until then, she pulls out the slip of paper she has written the number on and manually dials it. Archaic.
So, as far as pictures are concerned, I have to wait until I’m face to face with my mom to show her them via my phone or my digital camera. She just doesn’t get that I don’t print my photos anymore. Email, picture mail and FaceBook pretty much took over that responsibility. It’s so easy to share with everybody and not have to worry that you “left” someone out because you didn’t buy enough prints. Plus, you can get instant feedback via comments. I really wonder how many people still actually print their photos. Hmmm…
P.S. Now, can you please excuse me? I have to go call my mother for some “live” conversation.