I said no way.
See, her older sister is getting one, so she now believes that she also "totally needs a phone". Never mind that her sister is nearly fourteen. It doesn't matter. Princess V thinks she's entitled to the same things her sisters get. When we gave Ro a set of house keys last year, Princess V also wanted keys. She never comes home to an empty house, so why would she need keys? But she wanted keys just to have the keys.
And now she wants a phone just for the sake of having one. And besides, all her friends have one, and she is going to be the only eleven-year-old girl in the whole world without a cell phone, and it's so unfair.....
This merits my "When I was your age..." speech.
Heck, when I was eleven there were a lot of things I hadn't heard of: Computers, mp3s, DVDs, video games...
When I was eleven, we still had a black and white TV at our house. All my friends had color TVs, but our black and white one worked fine...so why change it? Needless to say, I did suffer from terrible color-TV-envy at the time...and thought it was terribly unfair that I was the only eleven-year-old in the whole world without a color TV.
I love telling my kids stuff like that. Their eyes get all wide and they exclaim, "Black and white TV! No way!" Then I'll say, "Oh yeah, and the first time I ever touched a computer, I had to save my stuff on cassettes." "Huh? Cassettes? What are those?", they'll ask.
Okay, just kidding...they have seen cassettes before. But they had no idea that at one time floppy disks were actually, well, floppy. Come to think of it, they've never used a diskette of any kind. Nope, these kids are flash drive generation kids.
What I don't tell them is, that ever since I discovered all this wonderful new technology I've been a gadget junkie. The only thing holding me back is a limited supply of cash...and guilt. If it still works, why get a new one? Darned black and white TV lesson!
Despite the shortage of extra cash and the guilt, I've always been attracted to gadgets.
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What was I spying for? Well, just for the fun of it...
....and to make her mad. After all, what are sisters for?
Then there was my first camera. I think I must have been around Princess V's age when I got it. I thought I was so cool, taking pictures of all the neighborhood kids making stupid faces and being silly in my backyard. I used up a whole roll of film the very first day...and all the pictures turned out blurry. Every single one. Good thing I have a digital one now.
My kids are all, "Roll of film? What's that?
Oh, and the electric typewriter. I thought that was the neatest thing since sliced bread...until I discovered word processors and I left the typewriter to collect dust in the corner. And what can I say about video games? I've loved playing video games ever since I first tried space invaders at a friend's house. Any excuse would do so I could go over and spend hours blowing up as many aliens as possible before getting sat on...or until dinnertime. Whichever came first.
And cell phones? Well, don't get me started on phones. I don't spend a huge amount of money talking on the phone, but I love having a shiny new one in my purse. And the more fancy tricks it can do the better. But not because I like to show off or anything. No, it's because I love to play. I like putting funny ringtones on my phone, and playing silly little games involving penguins while waiting for the bus. And I like checking Facebook to see all the "important" news that wasn't there an hour ago...not because I need to, but just because I can.
So, who can blame Princess V for wanting a phone all for herself?
After all, genetics are genetics.
But that isn't going to happen. At least not yet. It's Ro's turn first. And I have the perfect excuse to get a new phone. Yes! A shiny new phone for me!
It isn't an iPhone, but it is new and shiny...and it does tricks too! And best of all, it's cheap, since I'm switching companies. So my gadget cravings will be satisfied, at least as long as I stay away from all the phone stores. And I don't have to feel guilty about getting a new one when the old one still works, because Ro will be getting good use out of it. It's win-win all around.
Except for Princess V, who will have to continue being the "only eleven-year-old girl in the world without a cell phone". At least until the next time I have a itch for a new phone....
Which brings us to a whole new problem. Both Princess V and Catgirl have called dibs on inheriting this new phone when the time comes. I haven't even received it yet, and they are already fighting over who gets it once I'm done with it. But I've signed away my freedom for the next 18 months before I can change again, so they'll have plenty of time to duke it out in the meantime.
And while they're at it, I'll be looking for a new ringtone. Let's see...drunk chipmunk, chicken mix, Confucius say telefone linging....
Help me guys, which one do I get?