When B-girl went back to school after Christmas she had a new gadget in her backpack. I have waited to tell you about this friends because some might say, or have already said, the Firefly cell phone is not an appropriate gift for a 6-year-old child, but it is for mine.
The phone is very basic. It has two buttons to push. One has a picture of a female and one has a male, presumably for mom and dad. The parents program the numbers in and also program the numbers the phone is allowed to receive. No other calls come through. The best part is the 9-1-1 emergency switch that B-girl already knows not to use unless she is in the middle of an emergency. (The reason she knows is that when she was three she called 9-1-1 on me when I put her in a timeout but that's another post). B-girl can press the "mom" key and get my cell phone. Her dad is departed so the other key reaches Grandma.
B-girl cannot pull the phone out at school. It stays in her purse or backpack until she gets to latchkey, better known as daycare. Yes, she hops a bus from school at 3:00 and I pick her up after 5:00, when I get off work.
At first the daycare teachers were a bit shocked because the only other kid who has one is 12. As B-girl puts it "I can have one because I am responsible." I hope that's true!
I explained to her caretakers that she can call me once a day. Her regular daycare workers understand this and it works well but recently we had a new worker...
She has a cell phone and she will call me at work after snack.
Really? Because a lot of mothers do not like to be disturbed at work unless it is an emergency.
Really? When my kid calls me I really don't consider it a disturbance. Besides, if I am in a meeting it goes to voicemail and she leaves me a message.
Okay as long as she doesn't pass it around to the other kids.
She knows what to do -- and not do -- with it.
If you are sure.
Today she called me to let me know she finished a potholder she has been making for me. I know she calls around 3:45 every workday so I usually have my cell phone close.
She also carries it when we are together. Sometimes while shopping in a store, I will tell the B-girl to call Grandma and ask her if she needs anything. When she talks on her phone while walking through the store I see a lot of raised eyebrows but I don't care.
If this Firefly
brightens her day
and makes her feel safer,
then I will
ignore the buzz
and do my best to
keep this thing lit.