Rochelle Stidham

Cell phones.

They drive us crazy, but what would we do without them?

You can get lost in deciding what cell phone to buy. Do you want one that takes photos or no photos? Videos or no videos? One that can send and receive e-mail or would you rather do without e-mail? And do you text message or not? Do you want a blue, pink, silver or black phone ó and would you like a personalized cover to go with it?

Itís all so confusing, but so very necessary if we want to keep pace with todayís society. Cell phones keep us connected to our families and work no matter where we are 24/7. But is that what we really want?

Driving down the road, itís a guarantee that four out of five drivers will be spotted either chatting on the phone or talking into a hands-free ear piece.

When I was growing up we communicated by a landline. That was it. Things were simple back then. Today, the thing we expect to simplify our lives often adds confusion to it.

And while Iíll be the first to say that cell phones are convenient, they can also be downright annoying. People who use cell phones while driving are dangerous. Not to mention slow. Chatters who speak too loudly in public places are rude.

But when I misplace my phone or walk out of the house and leave it sitting on the counter, I feel lost.

I like the idea that my sons can reach me any time of the day.

ďIím only a ring away,Ē I tell them. And when I travel, I like having it with me in case I have car trouble. Even my mom carries a cell phone.

Just the other day, I was visiting with a group of friends while our children busied themselves playing games and sending text messages on their cell phones.

We all shook our heads and had a brief discussion on what a waste of time all that was.

Before we left, we all checked our purses to make sure we had our cell phones with us.