Today I decided to stop by my favorite craft store Hobby Lobby to check out their clearance Christmas decor. Their sales weren't very impressive, so I wondered around the other isles looking for bargains and inspiration. I stumbled upon a new spring collection display that had a 50% sales tag put there by accident. Among other things I saw a tall white vase that, I thought, would be just perfect for our master bedroom. I grabbed it, not knowing that it wasn't on sale, and headed to the checkout.
After ringing up a couple of other things that I found (including a beautiful silver cancer awareness pendant on clearance for less than a dollar!!), the cashier finally got to my vase. She scanned it a few times and then finally told me that it wasn't on sale and that the tag might've been put there by mistake. And then she said, "But we have a coupon online if you want to use it. Do you have your phone with you?..."
I think, I froze for a minute, and I bet my facial expression was priceless. Am I that out of date that I don't know that when other people talk about cellphones, it automatically means something "smart"? It immediately reminded me of standing in the line at Michaels a few weeks ago. The four people in front of me had their iPhones out for the coupons while I was shyly fiddling with my paper copy from a local ad...
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against technology. We have two laptops at home, an iPad (was given to Hubby at his previous place of employment) and other newer gadgets. We like to enjoy the nicer things in life. More so, just a few weeks ago we bought Hubby a smart phone because that's what his new job required even though they wouldn't pay for it (his Christmas gift, bought used saving us about $200, and after selling his previous phone we ended up paying only about $200 for a fancier and newer model). But somehow today I felt a little like an outsider. Not just because I don't have a phone like "everybody else" but simply because it never occurred to me to automatically associate the word "cellphone" with all the bells and whistles.
Have you ever felt this way? I don't want this post to sound offensive to anybody who has a smart phone of their own. It wasn't intended to be. As I said above, my husband himself is enjoying his new toy now quite a bit. But have you ever been under the impression that this world develops quicker than you do? That somebody needs to click an "update" button in your life? Am I getting old, people?!!! Please, tell me I'm not :)