I am sure you have probably seen the Nokia Lumia Windows phone commercial. At first glance it seems to be a rather funny commercial and works to sell the Nokia Lumina 1020 phone. If you haven’t seen the commercial here it is for you.
Once you break it down though, you start to realize just how sad and true this commercial is. As I watched this I discovered 4 things that are wrong with the Nokia Lumina commercial. Let’s break it down.
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I consider myself a photographer. I was lucky enough to have a wife who splurged on a new Canon Rebel XSi when we were newly weds. Which I was very thankful for when we had the Kid almost 3 years ago.
I recently started going through pictures on my computer and quickly discovered that the last time I pulled out my camera, while I was at home and not on vacation, to take pictures of the Kid was in March of this year. I started wondering where all the pictures that I am taking are at?
I am sure that as I was asking myself this question, I received a notification on my phone so I started to mess with my phone. I look up from my phone, which was in the foreground of the computer that I was just working on and say my son playing with his trains. I began thinking, that this would be something to share with all my friends on Facebook and Twitter. I get down and snap a picture with my phone and instantly upload to Instagram to share with the world.
Why ask why? I am sure you are wondering why I am asking this question right? Just the question “Why?” has been very popular in our house lately.
Just the other day I was fixing one of the toilets and the Kid was, I hesitate to say getting in my way and asking me what I was doing. I told him I was fixing the toilet and the first thing out of his mouth was
“Because it is broken.”
A puzzled look came across his face. I could see that he was looking at the toilet and saw nothing wrong with it.
When you get married, I have one piece of advice for you, listen to your wife. This did not hit home until a day that I almost left you at daycare.
Your mother and I were having a conversation after you had gone to bed where she was talking about having a Girl’s Night the next day. To me it sounded like she was still just talking about it, but to her, she was really asking me to put it in my calendar that she would be gone on the next evening. I do not remember anywhere in the conversation her saying that this IS going to happen so naturally, being the man that I am, I brush it off.
The next morning as your mother was getting ready for school and I was walking out the door, forgetting my lunch like usual, she once again asks me if I am working late. I was not, and as I was looking around for the lunch that I had made just 2 minutes earlier she asks, “So you can pick the Kid up?” Either I was not paying attention or my go-to answer when your mother asks me a question is Yes, I answered “Yes.” Out the door I went.
I won’t bore you with the details of what went on that day at work, I will save that for Take Your Kid To Work Day that I know right now you are looking forward to but, when you are 9 probably not so much. My day was so full of exciting meetings and I was looking forward to getting out the door. I call your mother with what I call, the nothing phone call, the one where either she or myself calls each other to tell them that we are on our way home. Once you have a girlfriend and eventually wife you will understand what I mean by it. This nothing phone call ended up in nothing because your mother did not answer, which I thought was weird. I called our home phone (a home phone is something to you that is probably like what an 8-track tape is to me OLD) still no answer. I thought that maybe she was either outside, her phone was dead, or she was picking you up from daycare. At that moment it could have been any one of those.
I continue to try and reach your mother as I am driving home from work and still no answer. When I get home, the garage door opens and her car is not there. When I walk in the door, the dog is still in her kennel and barking to get out and go to the bathroom. At this moment I start to get worried, I send your mother a text message asking “Are you OK?” 5 minutes goes by and no response.
I begin to think the worst and wonder if you have been picked up from daycare. I call the center and they said that he has still not picked up. Now, my mind is really beginning to wonder. As I am driving to pick you up there is something in the back of my head telling me “maybe she was going on a Girl’s Night” but like the night before I brush it off.
When I walk in to pick you up, your teacher asks me what is going on? I explain that I haven’t been able to reach my wife and I did not know that I am supposed to come pick you up. He said that I could use the center’s phone to call your mother’s phone because maybe she is avoiding my calls. I reassure him that it is probably OK and that maybe she is just having a Girl’s Night that I am supposed to remember about but don’t.
We get home and I make one last-ditch effort to reach your mother. Again, nothing. At this point I’m beginning to wonder what happened to her. Did she get into an accident? Will a police officer come knocking on my door telling us that news that we would not like to hear? What happened?
Before I let it get to me my phone begins to ring, it’s your mother. When I answer she begins to ask “Is everything OK I have a text message and 8 phone calls from you?” I laugh and ask “Well is everything OK with you? Where are you?” She reminds me that she is having a Girl’s Night and wonders if I picked you up. Well of course I picked you up I called daycare to see if you were still there! I tell her that she tends to remind me when things like this are going on, so usually this kind of situation is avoided. Right after I get off the phone with your mother, we have our own Boy’s Night, a pizza is ordered, baseball on TV, a beer in my hand and a cup of milk in yours.
We both laugh about it now. But, son, there is a valuable lesson here that you need to remember, listen to your wife. I pride myself on being one of those husbands who listens but women are very cryptic and I can’t solve the puzzle sometimes. So here is a challenge for you, try to listen to your mother to see if you can really tell what she is saying, I have been trying to do it for 6 years, and once you figure it out, let me know.
You will never know what happened just a day ago in Boston. You will hear about it every year the Boston Marathon ran through the streets. I will do my best to not dwell on what happened. Something tells me that you were aware something was happening, I spent more time with you, I was more patient, and I held you just that much tighter. It is sad that it took something like this happening for me to take a moment to pause to spend time with you.
There was something that legendary anchorman Tom Brokaw (I had to do everything to keep from saying Ron Burgandy, who you will learn more about later in life) said last night during the late news that struck me (I’m sorry I can not remember exactly what he said), but it was something along the lines of his grandchildren and their children will not know the age of innocence and being able to play outside, or go to a sporting event, or going anywhere without fear.
Son, there was a time, when I was a child, when I could just tell your grandmother and grandpa that I was going down the street to play with some friends or at the tree-house just down the street. They were never worried about sexual predators or worried about what was going to happen at school. They were not afraid to let me out of their sights, maybe they were and I just did not see it. Times have changed though.
You might be 15 and I maybe still saying that I need to be outside watching you as you shoot basketball hoops, or dropping you off at school, telling you each time you open the car door saying that I love you in front of your classmates. You will get annoyed at it, I did when your Grandmother did it to me, in fact, I still do. You will get annoyed at the need for me to always know who you are with and whose parents will be there watching you. Son, this is for your own good, and it is because of the people who caused the Boston Marathon Bombings, Sandy Hook and Columbine, 9/11, and Oklahoma City that bring these questions and this watchful eye. It is only out of love.
While I am talking a lot about fear, I see hope. I see hope that humanity will change, that times will change once again. I see a time where we do not have to be so fearful. A time when all the good people on this earth have thrown out all the bad people. Not to get all hippie on you, but that is what I see. There is hope son, I can see that hope in your mother’s eyes, I can feel it in my heart, and most importantly, I can see that hope in your eyes. So here is to hoping my son, I love you!