Last week while I was feeding my fish and looking for my new koi I had a little mishap.
I was leaning over the edge of the pond dock when my iPhone 4S and Sony Cybershot fell out of my shirt pocket.
Plop, Plop! Just like that. They sank to the bottom. I screamed. My daughter’s comment was “Mom, I saw that coming three days ago”. She had been here for four days and had repeatedly warned me to be more careful with my stuff.
I was panic-stricken. First, to retrieve the phone and camera so I could exercise m warranty yet again. And second, because I am now un-tethered. What would become of me?
I waded out there barefooted, fully clothed in waist deep water to start chumming for my expensive gadgets with my feet. One word….. Yuck. I persevered because without the dead bodies the Geek Squad would have nothing to warrant. That would be about $800 smackeroos.
You can imagine what sort of paraphernalia has fallen off this dock over the years. I don’t have to imagine anymore. I know. I found it with my toes and it’s not pretty. I was out there for about a half hour before my girl stopped laughing, took pity on me and changed into a bathing suit. She cannon-balled off the dock for special effect and scared a snake out from under it. We shrieked in laughter and fear. She found both sunken treasures immediately and dredged them up. We laughed some more and went for a swim since we were already out there. The dogs joined us and it was glorious.
The first twelve hours without my phone was like going cold-turkey off of any addictive substance. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was constantly reaching for it. I felt isolated and alone. Very unnerved. I even had trepidation about driving 90 miles to Wichita. All this from a girl who at 21 moved from Texas to Montana…. by myself. I was somewhat fearful to drive by myself to Stillwater on Sunday with my horse. As the day went on my fear was replaced by a sense of faith and confidence that everything would be OK. After all, how did those pioneer women do it?
My un-tethered days have grown into a week now. My new phone is in. I am going to Wichita to get it today. I’m a little sad.
I will miss the quiet.