We’re in the August doldrums now and my kids are itching to go back to school. Or I’m itching to have them go back to school. One or the other is certainly true.

They’re all using their fancy-dancy mobile phones and wanting new ones. I was like, “You guys have the best phones ever, why do you need new ones?” And to prove it, since I’m such a green guy and I never threw out my old mobile phones, I showed them why they have it so great.

I still have my first mobile phone — the Motorola flip phone – that says Digital Personal Communicator. They got such a kick out of it — it’s fairly large and weighs a lot. The battery is big. But they really loved the pull-out antenna. Then I showed them my next phones — the little Nokias — that could fit in my shirt pocket. I loved these phones since they were so small. I have both of them – the second one is smaller (skinnier, not as wide, etc.) than the first one. They thought these were funny too — since they were so small! With all the texting and video now, I doubt we’ll ever see phones this small again.

Soon after that conversation, the batteries on the TV remote went out. They had to GET UP to go change the batteries and started complaining. I was like, “When I was a kid, we used to have to GET UP EVERY SINGLE TIME WE WANTED TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL!” They got up. I felt like I was listening to my parents say, “When I was a kid, we used to have to WALK TO SCHOOL!” Ah, whatever. They’re not getting new phones now. And I’m wondering what they’re going to say to their kids about, “When I was a kid, we used to have to... .” I don’t know what yet, but it will be something.