I was in the main office at school, and a second grader came in to call his mom. The secretary made the call, connected with the parent, and then handed the phone over the counter toward the student.
When he didn’t move to take the phone, she said, “Your mom wants to talk to you, hon.”
The student stood up on his tiptoes and leaned in to get his head closer to the receiver. The secretary gave it a little shake, saying, “Go ahead and take it.”
He looked at that phone the way I’d look at a boa constrictor if you asked me to hold one. Pointing at the top/earpiece, he asked, “Is this the part I talk into?”
There were four adults in the office at that moment, and all four of our heads did that tip to the side thing that happens when you see something you can’t quite believe you are seeing. All four of us realized in that moment that this second grader had never handled a phone with a cord before. All of his phone experiences in eight years of life must have been of the cell variety, and he legit had no idea how to use a phone that was not shaped like a deck of cards.
After a long pause, she leaned in to patiently show him how to hold this device (that is clearly racing toward extinction) up to his ear and mouth.
And the rest of us did our best not to feel like dinosaurs.