At Weekly Scribblings Rommy has
asked us to think about the phrase “You can’t
teach an old dog new tricks”. A humorous
story comes to mind.
Submitted to Poets and Storytellers United
January 29, 2020
My friends and I planned a pleasant afternoon of bridge. All in our senior years, we nonetheless were proud owners of recently acquired cell phones. Technology wasn’t going to pass us by! None of us were yet familiar with the musical tones we’d chosen for incoming calls. Our phones tucked safely in our purses, our bridge game progressed when we heard music. “Is that your phone?” I asked Charlotte, and in turn we each around the table delved into our purses to check our phones……until someone looked out the window to see the Good Humor ice cream truck cruising down the street playing it‘s tinkly little tune to attract customers! After having a good laugh at ourselves we resumed the game, someone commenting about teaching old dogs new tricks.
I can’t speak for my friends, but my personal telephone experience began with an old-fashioned wall crank phone. Our “ring” on the party line was a long and two shorts. One long ring connected us to “Central” at her switchboard in the little telephone office in a nearby town, and she could connect us to parties on other lines. One very long ring meant everyone on the party line should pick up to receive community news….a bit of a quantum leap to cell phones. Ah, so many old dogs, so many new tricks!