I’m sitting in my minivan in a long line of cars inching forward to pick up my children from school. A light blinks on my Blackberry. It’s an email from L.A. I’ve been invited to interview the actor who played Michael Oher in “The Blind Side,” but they need to know my availability ASAP.
Yes, I’m available.
I’m available to pick up my kids. I’m available to respond to an interview offer. My blackberry makes it all possible. Five years ago, I would have had to wait at my desk for that important email or risk missing it to get my kids. Fifteen years ago, I would have been tethered to my office phone as well.
Not so now.
Need a chaperone for a field trip? I’m ready. I move my writing schedule around, answer email on the fly, and am there with my daughter to learn about water snakes from the ranger at the riverfront park.
Need someone to assist at the Fun Fair? I’m your gal. I send in my article before I go, not worrying about missing feedback from my editor. I can download her comments to my blackberry in a document, respond, and turn back to passing out cotton candy in a flash.
A midday movie screening? I’m so there. If the movie goes long, I text my son that I’ll be a little late and he simply hangs with his buddies a bit longer after school.
A publicist calling from L.A. doesn’t know the background noise is my son’s science lab. It could just as well be a film set. The actor’s rep doesn’t know I’m answering his email from a playground.
What they see is someone who is professional and responsive, which is what I am. What my kids see is a mom who is there much more than if I was working a traditional 9-5 in an office.
Read the rest of my defense of PDAs, Smartphones, and interconnectivity here at SixSeeds.tv.
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