okay, i'm starting early this morning... because i'm already feeling enormously appreciative.
we decided, way back when we first moved to Virginia, not to get a home phone and to simply use our cell phones. this meant careful scheduling with family and friends over when was a good time to call, that wouldn't eat up our limited minutes... this meant being frugal with chat time when making calls to family and friends in Canada... although i also made good use of internet chats and e-mails and such, to be honest, it left me feeling a little isolated at times.
so, with the move we decided it was time to have a home phone installed, with an unlimited plan for calling within Canada and the US. it's been four days, and i cannot begin to tell you what a difference it has already made for me. i've had long talks with my family almost every day... and not just late in the evening as we had been for the last year and a half.
and the reason i'm writing about this now? my grandmother just called, wanting to hear all about the new house... and we were able to talk for as long as we wanted, without me feeling anxious about using up my precious cell phone minutes.
i feel lighter, happier, connected in a way that i haven't in a quite a while... and i am so very grateful.