I’d say we, but really Chip had little to do with it. I needed Chip’s mom to stop at Target and pick up some cranberry juice, so I had her pick up a TracFone for Elijah. He’s 11. And I just bought him his first cell phone. I think I was 30 before I got mine!
There has been much discussion in the circles we “run” in over the cell phone thing. One by one, we’ve watched as our kids friends have gotten cell phones in the past year. We live in a small enough town that kids are able to go and ride their bikes around town to friends houses (although I’m suddenly wondering if maybe some of the problems we’ve had in town haven’t come from parents trusting their kids a little too much because “they have phones”) and it’s an easy way to keep track of them.
Anyway, we had been contemplating it for a while. We were seriously thinking we’d get him one once football started since he would be mostly responsible for getting himself to and from practices from time to time. Like last night for example. Chip was at church (yes, I know he’s supposed to have the week off) and Elijah was at practice. I was at home with the rest of the kids. Chip’s mom was here but I didn’t know if Elijah needed a ride or not. He didn’t, but if he had a phone I could have called and asked.
And tomorrow we’re leaving for St. Louis. Without Elijah. He has football practice on Friday, pictures on Saturday and then practice on Monday & Tuesday. We’re leaving him with Chip’s parents. All will be fine until Tuesday when Chip’s dad will drop him off on his way to work at 2:30pm. And then he’ll have to get himself to practice. And he’ll be here alone. It’s good for him to have the responsibility. It’s good for him to have a phone too!
So, that’s the story of how my 11yo got his first phone. Nothing monumental, but still needed to be jotted down somewhere.