I have taken another step forward in the Age of Technology with the purchase of a cellphone.

I had been resistant to it, stating I had no need to be accessible at every moment and every place, but I know I can remedy the situation by merely turning it off, giving me control and not the phone.

Understand that we have not been so technologically backward, since Husband Joe has had a cellphone for years. About 10 years ago her got his first phone, a communication device the size of a small brick.

I suggested he get something smaller. The service provider laughed when we relayed which phone we had and was eager to help. So we figured, let’s really update and get one that takes pictures.

It was a monumental decision in the Kosey household (it took me less time to decide to say yes to the marriage proposal), so we did a lot of research into service providers. I suggested the one we already had, but that suggestion was thwarted.

Husband Joe’s approach was to go to various stores and check things out. My method was to go through the Sunday papers and pull out every cellphone ad. My research was met with, “But it doesn’t do that!”

Isn’t a cellphone just supposed to allow one to make phone calls and receive phone calls? No, it has to do much more!

We were locked in a stalemate until Husband Joe went to Basili’s for a haircut, and it was there he received his inspiration?”we would use our old service provider. Didn’t I say that already?

Seems that while stylist Allison was cutting his hair, the conversation drifted to cellphones and “all” Husband Joe was going through to make the important decision. Allison solved the problem.

So now I have this little picture-taking flip phone in my purse. It’s small and my purse is big, which means it is already lost on the bottom of the bag and if it rings I’ll miss the call before I can dig it out. Maybe I’ll purchase a little holder to make it easier to find. Anyway, they definitely are a fashion accessory.

The most important step will be to learn how to use it. For that I will ask my teenage granddaughter, Stephanie. Who knows better how to use a cellphone than a teenage girl? For them it is a necessity.

I already have programmed (someone did it for me) important numbers in the phone and am almost ready to make my first call. That’s a big step.

I have already decided I will not use my phone while driving. The driving instructor said two hands on the wheel at 10 and 2. So don’t call me when I’m driving. I don’t want to be one of those people who constantly has the phone to her ear, and I don’t want my arm to stiffen up.

So, now I am up-to-date with communication (sort of) and I don’t need to watch cellphone commercial or read the ads intently. And I hope never to say, “Can you hear me now?”

As a matter of fact, don’t call me, I’ll call you. If I don’t answer, it’s because my cellphone isn’t on. Just call me at home and leave a message.