That sinking feeling

What would you do without your cell phone?

I lost my phone yesterday. In the Pacific Ocean. I’m usually very careful with it and I even knew putting it in a loose pocket while at the beach wasn’t a smart idea.


Playing frisbee with Copernicus, I lost my cellphone in the ocean

Later when I stepped into the ocean to retrieve a Frisbee for the dog, I didn’t realize there was a bit of a drop-off. I fell forward and grabbed the Frisbee triumphantly, not knowing that my phone had slipped out at that moment.

Back on the beach, it only took a few minutes to grasp my phone was gone. That thing has been attached to me most of my waking hours for the past few years. I felt an immediate loss that’s hard to explain. Not only was the phone gone, but my driver’s license, two debit cards and a twenty-dollar bill I kept stashed as “emergency cash”.

My husband went back into the ocean to look for it, as well as my son. The tide was out and the water was murky and swirling about. There was no way we were going to be able to find it.

I was more worried about my driver’s license than anything. I’m traveling in a few weeks and was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to replace it in time. A feeling of panic set in as I stood at the water’s edge determined to find that phone.

We all thought the waves had most likely taken it out, but then I thought of what a brick it is in my pocket. I walked over to the exact place I was sure I’d dropped it, reached down past my elbow through that murky water and pulled up my phone out of the mud.

What are the odds?

The good news is, I have my driver’s license and debit cards, and even a soggy $20. The bad news is, my phone is dead. And the weird thing is, I keep reaching for it, even though I know it’s dead.

cell phone


This morning I’ll be heading out to get a replacement, so I’m not too concerned about it. But I do find it interesting the feeling of loss I have from not being able to instantly connect with anyone I want.

I can’t call my daughter-in-law and chat. I can’t text my son to see how he’s doing now that he’s at the end of his training. And how do I post on Instagram? Okay, maybe that one isn’t all that important, but you get what I’m saying, right?

If you had to put your phone away for even just a day, how would you feel? Lost? Relieved? What’s your attachment to this modern necessity?

Reader Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I’ve put away my phone and found that it was the most LIBERATING thing I’ve ever done! Although, I must admit, after doing a detox from my phone, I was very relieved to be connected, once again..

    Good and fun read!!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Ha! It is liberating! I do agree. How long did you put it away for? A part of me would like to take a week off!! Not sure I could though.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      lol…that’s a good one. At least my photos are all backed up on my laptop. All except the ones I took yesterday that is!

  2. grandma2glamma

    I am able to put it away for the weekend, during my YTT weeks, but I know it is always where I can access if I “need” it. Not having it all would probably be quite scary. I would be so afraid I would really need it.

  3. Mary D.

    I haven’t joined the 21st century for that very reason! I’ve witnessed it firsthand with family and friends, though! I experience it when I have computer problems since that is how I connect and make money! Glad you had your photos backed up or I suspect the loss would be much greater!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a techno-nerd. And, you got that right….I had over 9,000 photos on that phone! Yikes!

  4. Rebecca Phillips

    Love the flow of the website and your posts. Phones are just phones…or are they? Maybe we have put too much emphasis on their importance to connect and need to re-engage some of the older ways to engage….letters…. real phones….email….?

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