6 Things Only Those Who Grew Up With Phone Cords Will Understand
When talking to friends on the phone it was very easy to get excited and start to move back and forth, turn to grab something, or perform another action that would draw the cord more secure around you. Inevitably after a call, you’d find yourself entangled in a web of wire, having to carefully unwind yourself like a yoyo so you could be free.
Cords and cups did not go together like peanut butter and jelly. More like peanut butter and smashed glass. Or ceramic. Woe to the child who dragged that curly wire across a flat surface without checking for glassware first.
With a cell phone I can literally go anywhere to have a conversation. No so with cord phones. We’d be forced to remain in the same room as the phone, often within earshot of others. To find reprieve we’d try to stretch the cord to its limit for some privacy. This move was not approved by moms.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if there is a string or sting-like item, a child will wonder how it will look tied around their finger. Which is how one ends up screaming for their parents to come save their digit that is quickly losing circulation.
Parents had to take a lot of calls. Which meant they were not spending enough time focused on us kids. The battle for attention was played out by messing with the defenseless cord in order to make them look at you. Whether with anger or love, it didn’t matter. As long as they showed they cared more for you than who might be on the other end of that phone.
Who’d get the phone? Who knows. Because we’d all assume someone else would, sometimes it reached that dreaded last ring before any of us realized we’d all gotten too comfortable with someone else picking it up. Which either led to a shout for someone else to answer it, or a mad dash from multiple directions to reach it in time.