Having a new long-distance relationship in my life has given me a new relationship with my cell phone. Mr. NBT and I send text messages frequently. We also use the camera feature on our phones to snap pictures of our surroundings and send them off to each other. Indeed, those pictures are worth 1000 words. I'll snap a photo of sailboats at the dock and college students leaning against them, waiting for wind; he'll send back a picture of an empty coffee cup and a breakfast plate with a napkin crumpled up on it. It's a great way to capture place and scene that you can't really do with a text message, or even with voice. And it just takes a moment to send a reminder that I'm thinking of him, and that I want to show him the world I live in. We talk on the phone, too, of course. I'm not sure I've ever talked with someone daily like this. If I did, it was a long time ago.
So we got our cell phone bills the other day. Oh my. Besides the unexpected magnitude of the bills, there was verifiable, searchable documentation of our pattern of communication. How often do we talk? For how long? Exactly how many text messages do we send and receive on a typical day? I am too sheepish to report the results here.